Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Illegal hotelier ignored court order to stop
New Yorker Renting Out 2-bedroom Apartment with... by Gothamist
From the Daily News:
Your home is not a hotel — unless you’re former club promoter David Jaffee, in which case court papers say five of your homes are hotels.
In papers filed in Manhattan Supreme Court, the Mayor's Office of Special Enforcement says Jaffee is a repeat offender in the illegal business of running cheap hotels out of Manhattan apartments.
The unit has filed court papers asking permission to search a two-bedroom apartment at 116 John St. which, it says, has been renting “bunk beds” to tourists through www.booking.com for $42 per night.
Jaffee rented the 14th floor apartment in October 2014 for $4,350 per month. The two-year lease, which is attached to the city’s court papers, clearly states that subletting is forbidden.
However, the managers of the building, Metro Loft Management and 116 John St. Subtenant LLC, say Jaffee almost immediately started renting beds in the unit for short-term stays, billing the apartment online as a “Financial District Hotel John Street.”
David Lepard, a lawyer with the OSE, says in an affidavit that Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Paul Wooten signed an order on April 2 barring Jaffee from continuing to sublet the apartment, but building managers told city officials that Jaffee has ignored Wooten's order.