A couple discovers their new neighbors are illegally renting out apartments on Airbnb, lead to the couple reporting them. Here’s what they had to say:
They Enjoyed Living In Their Apartment
“We live in a new and small apartment complex, only 40 units within 2 buildings. It’s very low-key and within walking distance of our downtown. It’s very affordable for how convenient a location it is.”
The New Neighbours Were Noisy
New neighbors moved into the apartment next to the couple. One night, they were disturbed by loud music and voices, with people coming and going and slamming the door. They thought it was a one-time party and ignored it.
But Things Seemed Unusual
As time passed, they noticed different people going into the neighboring apartment, and the parking lot became crowded with various cars. Something didn’t seem right.
She Had Trouble Sleeping
The girlfriend started working night shifts and had trouble sleeping because of the door slamming in the morning. It bothered her because it wasn’t normal behavior.
One morning, tired of the constant noise, she decided to find out what was happening. She saw people leaving with suitcases and a man arriving to let two women with cleaning supplies into the apartment.
And Was Shocked To Discover The Truth
Curious, she searched on Airbnb and found out that the neighboring apartment was being rented out. They were shocked to discover that the same person had four listings in their apartment complex.
They Investigated Further
They dug deeper and found the person’s LinkedIn profile and business website. They learned about “rental arbitrage,” where long-term rentals are sublet for profit. However, their lease didn’t allow for that.
They Thought It Was Unfair
What upset them, even more, was that one of the apartments meant for people with disabilities was being used for this rental business. They explained, “It was at this point we took this personally as we had our own problems dealing with apartment availability, wait lists, disappointment, and frustration.”
They Reported Them
The girlfriend decided to call the leasing office and inform them about the Airbnb listings. The office confirmed that such rentals were not allowed and asked for the listings to be sent by email.
Later, the office told them they had given a strong warning to the tenant, threatening eviction if they didn’t stop the rentals.
Did They Do The Right Thing?
A few days later they watched as the movers came and emptied the apartments, likely resulting in financial losses for the tenant in lost deposits and potential penalties for lease breaches.
The Internet Responded
One person said, “The leasing office rented 4 apartments to one person and they didn’t think it was weird? Something stinks”
Another person said, “The girlfriend is a hero. I would love to have someone like her in my neighborhood… we’re eagerly awaiting the Airbnb crash over here lol.”
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