NYPD seize illegal vans advertised on Airbnb as cheap ‘glamping’ experience for $ 100 a night

Authorities remove one of the illegal rental vans in Manhattan. New York Sheriff’s Office

Seven illegally documented vans, which had been advertised as cheap rentals for at least two years, were seized by police.

The New York Sheriff’s Department posted the news on Twitter, claiming his highway patrol officers were busy impounding the vehicles, which were found on various streets in Manhattan.

The New York Post reported that the vans, which were advertised on Airbnb for around $ 100 a night, were touted as a cost-effective way to explore the city.

The van rental adverts described them as a “private room”, accommodating up to three people. “Glamp in a spacious RV in New York!” a lecture.

Fox Business reported that a traffic officer determined that five of the vehicles parked in the East Village had long-expired registrations and license plates. Some date as far back as 2000.

Following an investigation by the city sheriff’s office and the NYPD Documentary Fraud Unit, authorities discovered an “operation of suspected fraudulent and illegally registered vehicles used as Airbnb rentals on various streets of Manhattan,” Sheriff Joseph Fucito told the Post.

Airbnb did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

California-based journalist and video creator Uptin Saiidi said he was initially convinced by the idea of ​​”glamping” and enjoying the “#VanLife experience for only $ 97”. But when he arrived, he had several concerns.

He told The Post that the key to the van, which had been left in a safe, could not start the engine. The vehicle also had a parking ticket on arrival, he said.

Saiidi called his stay “horrible” and “smelly”. He added: “You literally have people outside walking and talking and cars trying to parallel park next to you all night long.”

The owners of the vans have not yet been identified in the ongoing investigation.

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