The New York Cabbie Who (Theoretically) Won A Free Apartment For Life
Although housing costs are generally everyone's largest bill, New York housing costs are something else entirely. Organ-donation expensive is the rule, not the exception. So what's a hard-working New York citizen who wants to keep their internal organs internal to do? Well, you could be like this one cab driver and game the shit out of some clueless hoteliers to the tune of a free room for life.
Probably not a great room, but still. Manhattan.
The scheme works like this: Certain hotels are subject to a code that states that anyone living there for six months, or who lives there for a day and then requests a six-month lease, is to be considered a permanent tenant. That request for a lease has to be honored, and the tenant cannot be evicted. One brilliantly lucky bastard named Oltimdje Ouattara not only knew this, but managed to find a room that was officially listed for $0 a month. After pulling this stunt and living through the lengthy legal battle that followed, he has apparently snagged himself a free room for all eternity simply because the landlord wasn't paying much attention. Seriously not paying attention: This exact same landlord had lost an almost identical case the previous summer.
"You can't seriously expect us to keep up with all the news we're an active part of, can you?"
Want to try it yourself? Sadly, this particular hotel is no longer accepting reservations, which feels a little like closing the barn door after the cabbie gets a free room for life, but whatever. Overdogs gotta overdog.
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