From the Daily News:
Queens homeowners willing to hand over their house keys to strangers can net a tidy profit on the upcoming U.S. Open.
Signs are popping up on the leafy streets of Flushing offering residents up to $10,000 a day to rent out their homes during the Grand Slam tournament, which starts Aug. 31.
Major Event Rentalz, an Arizona-based company that helps people lease out their homes for major sporting events, posted the black-and-white signs.
So far, 10 local homeowners have offered up their digs on the company's Web site. Prices range from $2,000 a day for a three-bedroom home to $10,500 for an eight-bedroom mansion.
Major Event Rentalz collects a 10% commission for its service, which includes the Web listing and a local real estate agent to broker the contract between the homeowner and renter.
Other Flushing residents are cutting out middlemen like Johnson altogether, posting ads on Craigslist for two-week sublets during the tournament.
Rudy Luo is renting out the basement of his home to a tournament referee.
"It's a little bit of extra income for me," said Luo, who has been subletting his basement to tournament goers for years.
He charges $300 a week plus a security deposit.
Why didn't the Daily News call the Department of Buildings to ask about the legality of this? Why must they instead write what one of my readers said was "a fucking real estate pimp piece"?