An East Harlem landlord is taking steps to shutter an illegal hostel that has been operating in the Lexington Ave. building since the summer, the Daily News has learned.
A three-bedroom apartment in the building at E. 122nd St. is being rented out on booking.com, where guests are invited to stay in apartment 6G at a nightly rate of $199 per bed this holiday season.
Most galling, perhaps, is the fact that this unit is enrolled in a federal program that keeps rents affordable for low-income residents. The apartment in question rents for $1,017 per month — almost $2,000 per month less than the unit would fetch at market rate.
That means the tenant is making a killing — on the taxpayers’ dime.