4 responses

  1. max555
    March 28, 2014

    Excellent investigation, this is the way rent stabilized units are lost, preserving affordable rent stabilized units is as important, possibly even more important than building new affordable housing. Thank you.

  2. Nikki
    March 31, 2014

    Actually, my friend lives in that building and it's not a rent stabilized building, so this reporter's information is wrong… however, it does bring an important issue to the surface. That being said, as long as current law doesn't bar entrepreneurs from pursuing such opportunities, they will keep doing it because it is a legal and advantageous business practice. The entire AirBnB / short term stay system needs review and a clear instruction manual. Still, the profits of this business are NOTHING compared to the big bankers and corporate interests that rape the working class on a daily basis… which contributes to the income inequality and general housing issue in the first place (snap snap!) Perhaps this reporter should cover that story instead of singling out the stray entrepreneurs who employ the same people who are trying to make a living by the straps of their boots in this city anyway.

    • Gigi
      April 1, 2014

      Your friend may want to check and see whether he or she is being cheated because I know for a fact that that building was almost totally rent stabilized just a few years ago. They should contact HCR.

  3. James
    March 31, 2014

    There's a lot of accusations being thrown around in this article based on hearsay and conjecture. Quotes such as "Fleischer and Lawrence said they believe their landlord has in fact tried to flout state law and illegally deregulate the units". These are some very big accusations based on "belief", coming from a party who admit themselves they do not have access to the kinds pertinent information that would lead them to such conclusions. This is a very dangerous form of "journalism" that would never be tolerated or accepted by any reputable news source. It seems all that was concluded in this article is, "we have no idea what is actually happening". Poor investigative journalism.

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