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Owner shuttering illegal hostel in affordable housing building

Subsidized apartment in East Harlem property rents out for $199 per night on
December 31, 2014 08:50AM

A three-bedroom apartment in an affordable building in Harlem has been doubling as an illegal hostel since the summer. The building’s landlord is now taking steps to shutter the makeshift hotel.

For a nightly rate of $199, guests can stay at apartment 6G at 1900 Lexington Avenue, the Daily News reported. The rooms are being rented out on

Manhattan North Management, which owns the building, said it will close the illegal hostel. “We don’t condone this,” landlord Joseph Tahl told the newspaper. “We will put a stop to this practice.”

The federally sponsored unit in question rents for $1,017 per month, the newspaper reported, roughly $2,000 less than what the free market price would be.

“It’s taking that affordable unit from somebody who needs it,” Alvin Johnson, head of the building’s tenant association, told the newspaper. [NYDN] Claire Moses