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Airbnb Victim Helps Landlords Find Illegal Listings

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A large sex party was held in his now former home

After a terrible experience renting his apartment out via Airbnb, one New York City man is trying to help limit these terrible experiences. Ari Teman rented out his Chelsea studio two years ago, only to find it trashed (even his furniture was tossed in a back alley) so that the space could be used for an orgy. He said there were men lined up at the door. Now, according to the New York Daily News, he’s set up a website – SubletSpy.com – to help landlords find illegal listings on sites like Airbnb and Craigslist.

Teman told Curbed NY that 25 percent of all of Airbnb’s New York City listings come from just 1.4 percent of its hosts. As for his service, it costs $1 per unit per month for landlords with 5,000 or more units. It searches for clues, such as even an awning in a photo, to figure out addresses and let landlords know some funny business is going on. Landlords can submit their own photos and floorplans to help even more, he told the News.

The Brooklyn native was evicted following the party, called "XXX Freak Fest." He was even sued by his landlord.

He said he’s also doing this, in part, to help the residential inventory. "Unlike Uber or Gett, where adding a black cab doesn’t take away the ability of a yellow cab to work, when an apartment gets turned into an illegal hotel it’s no longer available as a home," a SubletSpy report said.

EXCLUSIVE: Airbnb 'victim' of apartment sex party launches website to crack down on illegal subletting [NYDN]

SubletSpy.com [Official]

Airbnb orgy victim says he's homeless, ‘blacklisted’ from NYC apartments [NYDN]

How Airbnb Hurts You, Breaks the Law, and Lies About It [SubletSpy]