Thursday, December 10, 2015
3 bedroom apartment turned into illegal AirBnB hotel
Eddie Shiew owns a three-story home in Elmhurst, Queens, as a rental property. He recently rented the third floor, a three-bedroom apartment, to Burak Firik and Dogan Kimilli for $2,500 a month.
But after signing the lease, the landlord says he got a call from one of the tenants on the first floor telling him it appeared that construction was going on in the third floor.
Shiew says he went to the building and found that the third floor was in fact being renovated without his knowledge.
“I went in the next day and found they had turned a three-bedroom into a 10-bedroom apartment."
Shiew said it appeared that through the use of sheetrock, a construction crew had divided each bedroom into three small bedrooms.
He says he then discovered that Firik and Kimilli were listing the rooms for rent on airbnb.com, a website for people looking for a cheap place to stay for a short time, usually in someone’s home. And airbnb customers are who PIX11 found living in the apartment. PIX11 spoke with two tourists who were paying $35 dollars a night for a room on the third floor.
Here's how some landlords are fighting back against this.