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AirBnb renter duped into paying $9K for dingy apartment: suit

 

 

An associate at a Manhattan law firm thought he’d scored a great deal on an Airbnb for the summer that was listed as a “Comfortable Spacial Island Retreat” — albeit on Roosevelt Island.

 

An associate at a Manhattan law firm thought he’d scored a great deal on an Airbnb for the summer that was listed as a “Comfortable Spacial Island Retreat” — albeit on Roosevelt Island.

Modal TriggerChristian Pugaczewski

But he was “horrified” to find that he’d agreed to pay $9,000 for a dilapidated apartment in a drug-ridden, low-income building, according to his new lawsuit against Airbnb and the host, a former Victoria’s Secret model named Lyndsey Scott.

Shearman & Sterling associate Christian Pugaczewski, 38, who splits his time between New York and California, booked the rental for June, July and August.

The listing described the one-bedroom apartment as “comfy yet modern” with “plenty of necessary amenities.”

Airbnb didn’t publish the address, but based on the description, Pugaczewski believed the unit was located in the luxury Riverwalk condominium.

When he received the 540 Main St. address just before his move-in date he learned that the apartment was actually at the nearby Eastwood complex, a rundown development recently converted from federally-subsidized housing.

“I stayed there one night and left immediately,” Pugaczewski said. “There was paint pealing, there was grime and dirt on the window sill and on the air conditioner, a hole in the floor was covered up by strategically-placed bar stools,” he said.

Pugaczewski is suing the lease holder, Lyndsey Scott and Airbnb, for tricking him into renting “a property materially different from the property portrayed.”

Scott, 31, who also modeled for Calvin Klein and Guicci, told “W” magazine in 2009 that she lives on Roosevelt Island instead of a hipper neighborhood like Williamsburg or lower Manhattan because “my apartment’s bigger for less money.”

 

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An AirBnb listing displayed photos above, but a customer arrived at the apartment to find a dilapidated apartment, shown below.

Photo: AirBnb (2)

Pugaczewski bailed on the pad after putting down a $3,000 deposit and had to pay $20,000 for a last minute replacement, his Manhattan civil suit says.

“Airbnb has not been very customer friendly so I had to file this lawsuit, which has been a total nightmare,” Pugaczewski said.

A spokesman for Airbnb did not immediately comment. A woman who answered Scott’s phone, but declined to identify herself, said, “I’m sorry I can’t comment on any of that.

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