'Upmarket' New York hotel suites not always what they seem

Prospective visitors to New York are being warned about a hotel swindle in which run-down apartments are sold on the internet as luxury hotel rooms.

Landlords are posting advertisements for rooms in “upmarket hotel suites” on popular travel websites and conning tourists out of hundreds of dollars.

“Tourists are being lied to and tenants are being harassed,” said John Raskin, a community organiser for Housing Conservation Coordinators, a non-profit affordable housing group in New York. “And the landlords have a greedy agenda.”

Richard Gottfried, a member of the New York State Assembly, has described the problem as “growing like an epidemic” and has set up a task force to deal with it.

You’ve been warned… read the rest of the article at The Telegraph.

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