New York man turns Airbnb nightmare into business opportunity

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Man Turns Airbnb Nightmare Into a Business Opportunity

CHELSEA, Manhattan (WPIX) -- Ari Teman is turning his Airbnb nightmare into a business opportunity.

On Monday, he launched his website SubletSpy.com, which helps landlords determine if apartments are being illegally sublet.

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"You give us the addresses you want to monitor and for like a buck a month we'll tell you if somebody is hosting an Airbnb or another site," Teman told PIX11 News.

In 2014, Teman said he rented his Chelsea apartment on Airbnb. He thought a couple would stay in his apartment, but instead a promoter hosted a paid orgy in his home.

Teman was evicted -- and more.

"I ended up on this housing court blacklist," he said.

With his new website, Teman hopes to bust illegal activity on Airbnb and protect others from ending up in his situation.

"We can tell landlords, we can tell law enforcement where these bad actors are. Airbnb tries to give the impression that it's a bunch of people just trying to get by, but it's mostly professional operators that are driving the business," he said.

Airbnb did not respond to PIX11 News' request for a comment for this story.

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New York man turns Airbnb nightmare into business opportunity
A view shows an underwater room structure installed in the Aquarium of Paris, France, March 14, 2016. Airbnb and the Aquarium of Paris offer contest winners a night underwater sleeping with sharks and create a research platform for "misunderstood" shark species. Picture taken March 14, 2016. REUTERS/Charles Platiau
Gayle Wohlgemuth Atias stands at the entrance to her rental property listed on Airbnb in the Jewish West Bank settlement of Dolev February 23, 2016. REUTERS/Baz Ratner
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 15: A guest room's plaster work dominates this second floor bedroom inside the Darling Mansion. The residence is a west-end curiosity, an opulent old house on Dovercourt that is now owned by Tanya Grossi. The house can be rented out for events, and you can stay in 'themed rooms' found on Airbnb.com. (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 15: A bedroom inside the Darling Mansion. The residence is a west-end curiosity, an opulent old house on Dovercourt that is now owned by Tanya Grossi. The house can be rented out for events, and you can stay in 'themed rooms' found on Airbnb.com. (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
TORONTO, ON - JANUARY 15: One of the main living areas inside the Darling Mansion. The residence is a west-end curiosity, an opulent old house on Dovercourt that is now owned by Tanya Grossi. The house can be rented out for events, and you can stay in 'themed rooms' found on Airbnb.com. January 15, 2016. (Bernard Weil/Toronto Star via Getty Images)
In this March 10, 2016 photo, Baba Ken Amen, an artist and vegan caterer, poses for a photo at his home in Pontchartrain Park in New Orleans. He rents out his art-filled home, which he advertises as the "Pontchartrain Park Paradise" as a short-term rental. In New Orleans, the short-term rental phenomenon through websites like Airbnb is a new source of friction but also of economic hope 10 years after Hurricane Katrina. (AP Photo/Cain Burdeau)
In this Monday, Aug. 3, 2015, photo, Airbnb renters Michael and Tabitha Akins, and their dog Bagheera, check their accommodations in a decommissioned 2002 Honda Odyssey yellow taxi, in the Queens borough of New York. While parked vehicles make up only a fraction of the thousands of Airbnb listings in New York City, they provide an option for adventurous, budget-minded visitors seeking a place for far less than the $200-and-up most hotels charge. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
This May 13, 2015 photo shows Majel Reyes in the apartment she renovated to rent to visitors via Airbnb and other sites, in Havana, Cuba. The renovation, she said, cost three times the original estimate and took seven months, instead of the 45 days the contractor promised. âI used seven years of savings,â she said. âIt will take me a few years to see the investment back but itâs worth it. It will be a steady income in the future.â (AP Photo/Beth J. Harpaz)
In this Monday, May 19, 2014 photo, Airbnb guests Camille Smithwick and James Green from Manchester, U.K., pose for photos at an Airbnb property owned by ceramist Jonathan Entler in the Echo Park area of Los Angeles. Deeper savings can be had through sites such as Airbnb that arrange for people to rent out rooms, apartments or even couches. The number of listed accommodations has soared since Airbnbâs founding in 2008 to 550,000 _ not far below Hiltonâs 685,000 rooms worldwide. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
PORTLAND, ME - OCTOBER 8: The view from a window in the the home of Gary Wagner who rents part of his home out on Airbnb Thursday, October 8, 2015. (Photo by Shawn Patrick Ouellette/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)
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