From the Daily Mail:
New York City condo owner is busted for converting one apartment into NINE illegal micro units by cutting it in half horizontally – with ceilings as low as 4 1/2 feet – and renting them out for $600 a month
Landlord Xue Ping Ni had split his 634-square-foot Manhattan condo in half horizontally to rent out nine micro units …
Another landlord in the same Lower East Side building was also discovered to be running the same scheme by creating multiple units The ceilings were as low as 4 1/2 feet and tenants were being charged up to $600 a month for the illegal spaces
The scene resembled that of 1999 indie film Being John Malkovich which depicted a small 7th 1/2 floor in a Manhattan office
By KAYLA BRANTLEY FOR DAILYMAIL.COM
… Condo owner Ni had placed bubble wrap in the units to prevent tenants from hitting their heads on pipes.