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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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)
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