Q: Sources say that Danny Bahram Hakakian 'who heads up Venture Realty Inc.' is ignoring the illegal hotels in at least one of his buildings. The building '22 east 36th Street' a/k/a 213 Madison Avenue has converted the majority of the apartments into rent by the night, hotel rooms. The operator allegedly is Smart Apartments Inc. Since these vacation rentals companies are doing very well now, this seems to be the new 'NORM' I do feel bad for the legitimate tenants, who are subject to transients, who seem to pack ten people into an apartment that is legally allowed to have a maximum of three-four people. That's if it is a legal dwelling, not a hotel running out of a Class A Residential building. (which is illegal according to the illegal hotel law)
A: TEMPORARY RESTRAINING ORDER in effect. The City of New York has recently filed suit against Smart Apartments LLC and Toshi Inc. in New York State Court. The City is seeking $1MM in punitive damages. The suit alleges that Smart Apartments is running an illegal short term hotel business out of (residential zoned buildings that prohibit transient tenants, and are then illegally converted into hotel rooms). The lawsuit alleges that Smart Apartments is operating illegal hotels out of, around fifty buildings. One of the addresses listed in the court papers is Danny Hakakian's 22 EAST 36 STREET. A temporary restraining order was approved by the court. The restraining order prohibits Smart Apartments Inc. from operating. Which includes renting out illegally converted apartments, as well as advertising them for rent. Contrary to the restraining order, Smart Apartments LLC continues to advertise and operate these illegal hotel rooms/apartments, and they are constantly being rented out, with total disregard of the court order. See lawsuit: http://www.nyc.gov/html/om/html/2012b/pr366-12.html
by Thomas R.
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