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Startup unveils hourly — yes, hourly — apartment rentals

Breather offers the chance to rent an apartment in NYC at $25-per-hour

February 27, 2014 03:15PM

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Breather, a new service offering up private spaces for meetings, work or relaxation, has apartments available for rental by the hour.

The company, which launched this week and rents apartment units via an iPhone app and the web, doesn’t shy away from acknowledging the less savory sort of use consumers might expect in an hourly rental. But Packy McCormick, Breather’s NYC City Manager, told Gothamist that “having already seen months of usage [during the beta phase], we know it just doesn’t happen.”

Also located in Montreal, the company will be opening a San Francisco locale soon as well, according to Breather’s website. Amenities in the rooms include desks, couches, chairs and wifi, and rentals run $25 per hour with the first sixty minutes on the house. Spaces can be used for a minimum of 30 minutes or the entire day, and are located in Soho, the Flatiron District and around Penn Station and Madison Square Garden. More locations are to be rolled out soon, according to Gothamist. [Gothamist]Julie Strickland

  • Runner4Bestof

    Good luck with that in NYC…if SRO can’t even be used for daily use, try getting the city to OK hourly rentals for class A apartments.

    • jeezus

      they’re really turning a blind eye to this because the renters who are their coveted voting bloc are benefitted by this illegal setup

  • Sh!t My Tenants Say

    Who needs the city to OK anything? See: AirBnB. Great idea! maybe now the politicians will do something about short term rentals being ILLEGAL!

  • George

    people will use this for nooners. Not good.

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