Older residents at New York City’s Stuyvesant Town are playing web detective, scouring the internet rental listings for short term rental ads for the apartment complex, according to the New York Times.
It is against the law and lease contract for residents at the 80-acre development, located in the East Village neighborhood in Manhattan, to sublet rooms in the apartment or conduct short term rentals. But ever since the original developers, MetLife, sold the property to a new developer that looked to attract younger tenants, an influx of young tenants–many students–have moved in, and with twentysomethings residing in the apartment units instead of families, a revolving door of tenants is to be expected.
According to the report, Ms. Donnelly, who has lived in Stuyvesant Town for 30 years, scours the web regularly looking for short term rental ads posted by neighbors, reporting offenders to the management office.
But management has been turning a blind eye to the problem, she said.
Renting out one’s apartment as a hotel room has become commonplace in New York City, made possible by various websites. For most residential buildings, a 2010 law prohibits rentals of fewer than 30 days, though there is leeway for people to rent a room within their home, and other kinds of housing may be exempt.
Residents who complain about the problem, such as Ms Donnelly, said a revolving door of tenants results in less security, and higher chance of crime.
Other younger residents don’t seem to agree.
Is this a battle between old and young?
Joe DePlasco, a spokesman for Rose Associates and CW Capital, which took control of the Stuyvesant Town in 2010, said that management routinely combed the Internet for short-term listings and had sent cease-and-desist letters to 50 tenants since the middle of last year.
That’s not enough for Ms Donnelly, however, as she will continue to play Batman and Sherlock Holmes on the internet.