Jesus some landlords don't know the meaning of subtlety when it comes to tenant harassment.
You know you've seen those bright-eyed travellers walking with rolling suitcases, looking a little confused and bleary from a night out in the Big Apple. AirBnBers. They're everywhere. Our neighborhood is chock full of relatively inexpensive hostels, many of them quite nice and spacious if I do say so myself.
But despite the relative bargains, it's still more lucrative for a landlord to rent out a place for $100 a night than to service rent-regulated tenants, folks and families who have every right to demand a decent apartment at whatever rate is allowed, many for less than $1000 a month with little threat of a substantial rent increase. Rats in the fridge, for christ's sake. What next...horse's heads in beds?
And so today we join the Gothamist's Elizabeth Kim in shaming the Miram Shasho's of the world, who create a living hell for current tenants at 599, 607 and 611 Flatbush, while advertising fabulous "paradise" apartments to travellers.
Regardless of what you think of AirBnb, the whole idea is for people to rent our THEIR houses and THEIR apartments to make some extra cash. Making a business practice out of it for multi-dwelling apartment owners deprives New Yorkers of a place to live.
We should all be on the lookout for this stuff and call it in. It's illegal, and it's degrading.
Call 311. It's easy, and the City ain't into this any more than the Q is.
The Q at Parkside
News and Nonsense from the Brooklyn neighborhood of Lefferts and environs, or more specifically a neighborhood once known as Melrose Park. Sometimes called Lefferts Gardens. Or Prospect-Lefferts Gardens. Or PLG. Or North Flatbush. Or Caledonia (west of Ocean). Or West Pigtown. Across From Park Slope. Under Crown Heights. Near Drummer's Grove. The Side of the Park With the McDonalds. Jackie Robinson Town. Home of Lefferts Manor. West Wingate. Near Kings County Hospital. Or if you're coming from the airport in taxi, maybe just Flatbush is best.