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What is to stop me from leaving business cards around New York City? What if I posted cards that say, "Rent my condo?"
Who would be sued then, the business card printer?
I have stayed in a few AirBnB places in New York City, I think once in New Orleans, too. In New York, the rates really aren't that much lower than hotels and in the end, I preferred to stay in hotels for amenities and safety reasons. I noticed that in all the places I've stayed in New York, the keys were old keys that have been used for years. There was a key to the front entrance of the building, usually a brownstone, and then the key to the main apartment. I was concerned about someone having the keys duplicated and just going and burglarizing people each time a new person stayed there. You know, maybe just taking one or two small things without people realizing things were missing.
One lady owned the whole brownstone where I stayed once - four or six units. She had full maid service daily. I really didn't realize she owned the whole building until I asked her about staying there another time and she said that the apartment I was in was going to be occupied but I could stay in another apartment in the building. Every place I have stayed in you could tell that people didn't actually live there because there was nothing in the closets - no food, no clothing, nothing that people would have who lived there full time.
In the end, I felt I got better deals and amenities at hotels, in New York, anyway.
About 15 or 20 years ago, I used to rent a place in California from a couple. It was a renovated garage apartment, but it was truly first class. It had a kitchen, living room, bedroom, quite a nice, and large place. I think they charged me $89 a night. I did this for a few times, maybe a few years, and then they said they had to stop it, too many neighbor complaints. They did tell me at the time that if anyone asked who I was, I was to tell them I was a cousin visiting.
So even before there was an AirBnB, this was of course going on.
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