A man calling himself the “wolf of airbnb” is taking advantage of New York’s eviction moratorium to make hundreds of thousands of dollars. He signs a lease for an apartment, and then simply doesn’t pay the rent. He then lists the apartment on AirBNB, renting it at a profit.

When the property owners finally attempt to evict him, he avoids service of process, sometimes for months. Then he claims hardship. All of this ties up these apartments for months, all while he is illegally renting them out. He is making hundreds of thousands in profit. He owes roughly $450,000 in rent dating to at least February 2020. Even worse, the owners of the property are the ones being fined by the city for running illegal AirBNB operations.

He calls himself a “wolf” because he says he is hungry and ruthless enough to get on top of the financial ladder. I call him a thief. He doesn’t know what ruthless is. One can only hope that he pulls this with the wrong landlord, and that person sends cousin Vito over there to explain to him what ruthless really is.

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Paulb · February 18, 2022 at 8:59 am

The property-owning segment of NYC residential property owners are mostly sackless leftists from what I can tell. Some of the victims voted the people into power who made this possible. I just can’t see some bowl-cut haired pallid manlet do much more than clutch his pearls and threaten to hit the criminal with his man purse.
It would be satisfying to see a predator like this one encounter a nice old Italian lady with old-school legbreakers in the family tree, though.

TechieDude · February 18, 2022 at 9:21 am

Cousin Vito is where things are going.

I worked with a great salesguy once that was explaining sales to me. “You gotta understand, this business is going to happen anyway. It’s just a matter if we’re going to be part of it or not”

In a civilized society, we have laws and and enforcement mechanisms to keep us from busting knees. Honoring and enforcing contracts is a huge part of this.

If they won’t do that business, it’ll end up getting done somehow, eventually.

Toastrider · February 18, 2022 at 10:22 am

“The thief that steals three kopecks is hanged; the thief that steals thirty kopecks is praised.”

But yeah. When government refuses to pick up its end of the societal bargain, expect people to start looking for other solutions. I grant Paulb is right — for now. But those pallid, hollow-chested types will eventually give way to people who are less… squeamish.

Jonathan · February 18, 2022 at 5:03 pm

I bet that “Wolf” chooses his targets very carefully, for the reasons mentioned above.

Toastrider · February 18, 2022 at 5:39 pm

I want to add something here.

This low life would not be able to pull this off if NY didn’t have leasing and eviction laws that are pants on head retarded.

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