City sues LES landlord for $1.2M over alleged illegal Airbnb listings

Rose King allegedly used 33 Airbnb accounts to rent out units in three buildings

TRD New York /
May.May 15, 2017 12:50 PM

The city is suing a Lower East Side landlord for $1.2 million for allegedly running illegal Airbnb hotels out of her properties.

According to the suit, Rose King used a middle man and at least nine assumed names to rent out apartments at 536 East 14th Street, 123 Ludlow Street and 127 Rivington Street for around $85 per night via the short-term rental site. Under a state law signed in October, it is illegal to rent out an entire unit for less than 30 days without a hotel permit.

The New York Post reported that the city asked for an emergency hearing to shut down King’s business.

“It’s outrageous, it’s illegal, and we will stop bad actors from hurting our neighborhoods,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told the Post. “New Yorkers can’t afford to see affordable homes turned into hotels.”

According to the complaint, King’s associate Bryan Chan used at least nine different names and 33 Airbnb accounts to rent out 12 units.

Last week Crain’s reported that City Hall had fined a mere 139 out of a 24,000 potentially illegal listings over the past three months.  The city hopes that going after some bad actors will set an example and discourage others. [NYP]Konrad Putzier


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
From left: Mayor Bill de Blasio, 54 West 39th Street, 62 Grand Street, and 208 West 30th Street (Credit: Google Maps)

The Airbnb crackdown continues: City targets three more buildings

The Airbnb crackdown continues: City targets three more buildings
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Stanley “Skip” Karol, an Airbnb host (Credit: Getty Images and Youtube)

Airbnb host narrowly clears hurdle in First Amendment claim against city

Airbnb host narrowly clears hurdle in First Amendment claim against city
A West Village Airbnb listing (Credit: Airbnb)

Airbnb Luxe launched without listings in one of their biggest potential markets — why?

Airbnb Luxe launched without listings in one of their biggest potential markets — why?
More vacation rental owners are extending available leases and traditional landlords are taking shorter leases for typical year-long rentals. (iStock)

Long-term residents scooping up vacation rentals

Long-term residents scooping up vacation rentals
As widespread protests sweep the country, the real estate industry reflects on its decades-long support of the NYPD (Photo illustration by Alexis Manrodt for The Real Deal, Getty, iStock)

As Black Lives Matter protests rage on, NY real estate bleeds blue

As Black Lives Matter protests rage on, NY real estate bleeds blue
Developers pulled back on advertising as online traffic and print subscriptions grew (iStock)

Real estate ad dollars vanished as pandemic spread

Real estate ad dollars vanished as pandemic spread
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo (Getty, Paul Dilakian)

Despite looting, NYC reopening on track: Cuomo

Despite looting, NYC reopening on track: Cuomo
317 West 77th Street (Google Maps, iStock)

Townhouse owners make federal case of cell tower next door

Townhouse owners make federal case of cell tower next door
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...