Deputies from the New York City Sheriff’s Office became involved in the rainfall of vacation rentals in Manhattan last week when they seized seven vans allegedly used as Airbnb rentals.
A van was reportedly advertised as a city “glamping” experience for just under $ 100 per. Night.
A customer who had stayed in one of the vans said that his accommodation smelled and that he “would never do it again”.
A tweet from the sheriff’s office Saturday said road patrol members were “busy this week seizing seven alleged fraudulent and illegally registered vans used as Airbnb rentals on various streets in Manhattan.”
An Airbnb listing for one of the vans, which has since been removed from the site, erupted: “Glamp in a spacious caravan in NYC!” The van was listed as being able to accommodates up to three people, reports the New York Post. The vans were reportedly used as Airbnb rentals for at least two years.
Five of the vans were towed away in Manhattan’s East Village. Their records and New Jersey records had long since expired, and some went back to 2000, sources told the Post Office.
An investigation launched by the sheriff’s office and the NYPD Document Fraud Unit revealed an “operation of alleged fraudulent and illegally registered vehicles used as Airbnb rentals on various streets in Manhattan,” Sheriff Joseph Fucito told the Post.
Some critics on Twitter complained that Airbnb should politicize its listings better.
An Airbnb spokesman told HuffPost that both that host and listings are no longer active on the Airbnb platform.
In June 2020, Airbnb reached a “robust information sharing agreement with New York City and subsequently began to comply with the city’s short-term rental data legislation, which regularly provides the city with the insights it needs to effectively regulate short-term rentals, ”the spokesman said. “Law enforcement is the responsibility of the city, and it has the data to do so – in this case, probably for several months.”
Journalist and videographer Uptin Saiidi made a video review of his stay last month in what appears to be one of the now seized vans.
“Of course, I was thrilled when I saw an Airbnb list for only $ 97 a night,” Saiidi says in her video. “But as they say, if it’s too good to be true, it certainly is.”
He added from inside the van: “It’s so weird. I still do not know if it is at all legal to sleep in a van in New York City. He also had “no idea” where to go to the toilet in the middle of the night. The Airbnb host suggested showering at a local pool and using a nearby Starbucks or barbeque room.
He also got a parking ticket. Very glam, actually.
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