Monday, December 23, 2013
Illegal hotels are even at housing projects
From the NY Post:
Public-housing residents are renting rooms to strangers — making extra dough over the holidays while taxpayers fund their apartments, The Post has learned.
Several ads for nightly or monthly sublets were posted on Craigslist last week, including a $650 room in Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay Houses — which was swooped up in a few days.
“Huge room available immediately in a 3-bedroom apartment for rent,” the ad says. “Females only . . . no drugs, no smoking, no drama.”
The tenant, who listed a cellphone number and a New York City Housing Authority address, declared that two people could also share the room for $350 each.
That’s an extra $7,800 a year in the pocket of someone who is living on the public dime.
Meanwhile, other NYCHA residents are turning their government-funded homes into cheap hotels.
Mike Velasquez, 38, who lives in the Alfred E. Smith Houses, has turned his two-bedroom apartment into a hotel — offering a private room or sofa for $50 to $100 per night.
“I don’t care,” he told The Post when confronted about the legality of his rental. “There’s plenty of people who rent rooms — everyone does it.
“I pay my rent. I can do what I want.”
Velasquez’s 13th-floor apartment overlooks the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridges and is blocks from the South Street Seaport. Web sites show that he has been a secret innkeeper since at least 2011.
If he rents out the apartment three days a week, that’s up to $1,200 in extra spending cash a month.