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Boston Tourists Book A Highly-Rated Airbnb In NYC & End Up Staying In The Projects

By DeAnna Taylor

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Sometimes, you just have to be more careful. Rachel Valerio and her mother, both from Boston, recently booked an Airbnb and set out for a little getaway in the Big Apple. Once they arrived, they learned they had been horribly misled about the listing.

Listed as a “Charming, Private Apartment ONLY MINS!! From City” on Airbnb with a 4.2-star rating and rave reviews, the apartment seemed too good to be true. The unit was priced at $90 per night, which is a steal in most parts of NYC, and it was conveniently located next to the High Line and Chelsea Market.

Unfortunately, what the duo thought was a good deal turned out to be a unit in Fulton Houses, a public housing apartment in Chelsea.

Once Valerio and her mother arrived, they made their way inside. That’s when Valerio’s mother noticed the smell of gas and even a roach trap on the side of a bed. After seeing a sign that read NYCHA in the lobby and Googling the acronym to learn what it meant, Valerio was shocked to find that she had unintentionally booked a room in a housing project. It was then that she reported the original tenant of the unit to Airbnb and had the listing removed.

The New York Housing Authority issued the following statement:

“Illegal subletting of NYCHA apartments on Airbnb is prohibited by HUD regulations and by our lease agreements. We are investigating the matter.”

As of now, there are no rules in place via Airbnb on affordable housing units being listed, but the company said that they do support a ban after news of this listing broke.

Related: Airbnb Party Houses Are Banned After 5 Die In Bay Area Shooting On Halloween

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DeAnna Taylor

DeAnna Taylor is a criminal defense Attorney turned travel blogger, author, and writer. While Charlotte, NC (her hometown) is her base, she's always somewhere on a plane. Catch her on IG: @brokeandabroadlife.

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