New York City Continues Crackdown on Illegal Short-Term Rentals

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Atelier Condo NYC
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New York City law enforcement officers raided Enforcement raided Atelier, a 46-story Midtown luxury condominium, as part of a citywide crackdown on illegal short-term rentals.

The New York Post, which reviewed summonses, first reported about the raid last month at Atelier. The Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement (OSE) issued 33 violations for illegal short-term rentals such as those listed on Airbnb.

In a draft lawsuit, Daniel Neiditch, the President of the Atelier Board of Managers, together with other named defendants allegedly “engaged in a complex illegal transient rental enterprise” at the luxury condominium.

The Atelier Board of Managers denied the allegations. One of its members, Roman Gambourg told the media outlet, “A handful of disgruntled unit owners have made it their hobby to complain to 311 in a false attempt to credit the Board.”

In addition, Gambourg said some unit owners have been “assaulted” for walking into the building with a suit case.

On the contrary, the draft lawsuit described a different scenario—Neiditch allegedly engaged in “bullying.” As a result, the life in the luxury tower became “akin to a 1920s Gulag.”