Nolita landlord in Airbnb case loses bid to evict tenant

By Julie Strickland | August 20, 2013 05:30PM

Eviction does not appear to be in the cards for Amy Parness, the Nolita tenant accused of raking in $500,000 by illegally subletting her apartment to short-term guests.

Ken Podziba, the landlord who filed suit against Parness in December 2011 in New York Civil Court for making unauthorized alterations to the rental property at 250 Elizabeth Street, said Parness has complied with a court order to pay four months’ rent in damages.

Podziba, who discovered that Parness was allegedly subletting the apartment through Airbnb and other short-term rental sites after suing her over the alterations, even went so far as to hire a private investigator to catch her in the act.

The measures, however, are unlikely to result in Parness being evicted for the offense.

“Unfortunately we couldn’t make an issue of the illegal sublet matter because the case we commenced was for illegal alterations,” Podziba said via email. “We’re not allowed to have two actions in housing court at the same time.”

Parness did not immediately respond to a request for comment.