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.