Ms. Demeanor's Vertical Etiquette

Dear Ms. Demeanor: My neighbor is turning her apartment into a hotel

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Dear Ms. Demeanor,

I am 100% percent certain that my neighbor rents out her apartment for short stints when she is on vacation.  She practically told me herself and suggested I check out the website where I found an eerily familiar listing. 

I know this is totally illegal but I don't want her to be fined - I just want her to quit it before she accepts a bedbug-ridden backpacker or plain old psychopath in to our lovely Brooklyn Heights building.


Help, I don't want to live in a hostel!

Dear Hostel,

Does your neighbor know that she faces not only a fine but an eviction should the city be made aware of her activites?  You may want to print out this article and slip it under her door.

I would also advise talking to her--letting her know your thoughts and concerns, and making it very clear that if you see her ad on a website or strangers coming and going that you will be informing the board and/or management company first, the city (via 311) next.  We need to have a zero tolerance policy on a practice that makes our homes and buildings less safe and secure.

Shut it down!

Ms. Demeanor

Ms. Demeanor is channeled by a longtime Manhattan vertical dweller and real-estate voyeur who writes under the pen name Jamie Lauren Sutton. She is here to commiserate, calm and correct. Please email your quandaries to [email protected] and put "Dear Ms. Demeanor" in the subject line.

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Yes, it's still illegal to rent out your NYC apartment for less than a month

I made $14k on at $99/night