Influencer scammed by ‘smelly’ £ 75-a-night van advertised as ‘glamping’ on Airbnb

An Airbnb customer was horrified by the smelly van he had to stay in after being ‘ripped off’ by a van life host.

The influencer remained “anxious” when he arrived at what he thought was a glamping experience in a “spacious New York RV”, but discovered it was nothing more than an old “smelly and horrible” van.

Police have now seized seven illegally documented vans that were rented for two years as Airbnb rentals to unsuspecting influencers and people wishing to join the ‘van life’ craze.

Police found that the seven vans lining the streets of New York all had expired license plates and NJs, some dating back to 2000, authorities said.



Cops discovered that the seven vans lining the streets of New York all had expired license plates and NJs

A slew of ads since removed from the app described the van as a unique and comfortable way to experience the Big Apple.

Uptin Saiidi, a California-based journalist and video maker, remained in one of the seized vans and was horrified by what he found.

The designer was promised a room with a view and the chance to live the ‘van life’ for just $ 97 (just under £ 75), New York Post reports.



Uptin Saiidi was promised a room with a view and the chance to live the
Uptin Saiidi had been promised a room with a view and the chance to live the ‘van life’ for just $ 97 (just under £ 75)

But when he arrived, he found that the key would not start the engine and the van had already been issued a parking ticket.

“The worst part was the anxiety of knowing where to pee when to go,” he added.

Saiidi said he had a “horrible” stay in the “smelly” van and was unable to sleep because of the people “literally outside walking and talking”.



The seven vans were seized on Thursday and Friday
The seven vans were seized on Thursday and Friday

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The seven vans were seized on Thursday and Friday, authorities said.

The police department said it was able to remove the vehicles from the street because they were “incompatible and expired registrations”.



The YouTuber said he had a "awful" time in the "smelly" van
The YouTuber said he had a “horrible” time in the “smelly” van

The mysterious Airbnb account that listed the vans is named “Nancy” and has been given a company verified check mark.

In her profile on the app, Nancy writes, “I love to travel and explore the world. I am a fan of tiny and unique houses. I hope to share some of the van life experience with all travelers!

“I’ve lived in New York all my life, so I can recommend the best places to see, eat and go!”

It is currently not clear whether Nancy owns all the vans.

An investigation is underway.

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