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Apr 15 2024

Squatter Charges Rent for NYC Apartment

Meanwhile, as celebrity pubs are seized by squatters in London, this is the state of affairs at ground zero for the squatter epidemic — namely, New York:

A crafty squatter bilked his landlord of at least $72,000 in rent for his Lower East Side apartment — then made tens of thousands in profit by subletting the unit, the owner charges.

For three years, computer programmer Thor Boucher hasn’t paid a cent of his bargain-rate $2,000-a-month, two-bedroom, one-bathroom Essex Street pad, claiming he didn’t have to because the building was noisy and shook, according to landlord Ed Yau and Manhattan Civil Court documents.

The alleged freeloader had no qualms renting the space out, though, charging as much as $1950 per room monthly since November 2021 on platforms including Airbnb and Craigslist.

Some actually benefited from Covid tyranny:

Boucher also applied in 2022 and 2023 to the state’s COVID rent-relief program, which effectively barred Yau from evicting his tenant during the application process.

No wonder housing in NYC is outrageously expensive. Try to imagine being a landlord in a place that would let Eric Adams be the mayor.

Either we overthrow rule by liberals or civilization continues to collapse.

On a tip from Wiggins.


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