A pile of vans parked on the streets of New York were used as Airbnb rentals for $ 95 a night

The New York City Sheriff’s Department towed seven conversion vans, which were being used as vacation rentals on the popular Airbnb platform, through the streets of Manhattan this week. Five of New Jersey’s van registrations and plates had long expired, some dating back to 2000, according to To post sources.

The New York sheriff shared photos of the towed vans on social media as part of “Operation Room Service.” All were parked in the East Village and Chelsea, sporting New Jersey plaques, reports ABC 7 NYC.

Investigators were alerted to the vans by a YouTube review of one of the vans, which said it cost $ 97 for one night. The reviewer called the van a “comfortable kind”, although he also said that “it stinks”. Pretty much what you’d expect from a cheap hotel room in New York City, then.

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According to the reviewer, the tenant was advertising the vans as a chance to experience #vanlife, the “Instagram phenomenon. “

An Airbnb spokesperson said Spectrum News NY 1 that the lists are no longer active, noting however that law enforcement is the responsibility of the city.

“The host and the ads in question are no longer active on the Airbnb platform. In June 2020, we entered into a strong information-sharing agreement with New York City and subsequently began complying with the City’s Short-Term Rental Data Disclosure Act, which provides regularly provide the city with the information it needs to effectively regulate short-term rentals, ”an Airbnb spokesperson said. “Law enforcement is the responsibility of the City, and they have the data to do so, in this case, possibly for months.”

Even though the police only cite the alleged registration issues as the reason for towing these vans, you must be wondering if this kind of movie is brilliant or the start of a horror movie? For one thing, the average Manhattan hotel prices are quite high, and the van didn’t look that bad inside. On the flip side, you’re kind of paying to make the early stages of an abduction easier for a criminal if things go wrong.

At the risk of turning that into QOTD, is it smart or dumb?

H / T at Engine1

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