New York City Resident Fined $185K for Renting Out Rent-Stabilized Pad

New York City Resident Fined $185K for Renting Out Rent-Stabilized Pad
460 Greenwich St. in Manhattan where Eileen Hickey had a rent-stabilized apartment. (Screenshot via Google Maps)

NEW YORK—A New York City artist is facing eviction and a $185,000 fine after renting out her rent-regulated loft to tourists on Airbnb.

The New York Post reports a judge ruled this week that a landlord could evict Eileen Hickey.

Landlord Robert Moskowitz says Hickey made $4,500 a month by renting her Manhattan loft to visitors at triple what she pays. Moskowitz says Hickey violated state laws against short-term renting and profiting off rent-stabilized apartments.

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The housing block in Manhattan where Eileen Hickey had a rent-stabilized apartment. (Screenshot via Google Maps)

Hickey says the Airbnb rentals spanned 85 nights over 10 months. She says she needed money for her then-husband’s medical bills and believed the rentals were legal.

The 72-year-old owns a condo elsewhere in Manhattan, but says she uses it as an office.

San Francisco-based Airbnb hasn’t immediately available to comment. It tells users to consult local laws.

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