Airbnb squatter defiantly refuses to leave rented home, says he'd do it again

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  • RBB Sandy, UT
    Aug. 7, 2014 11:41 p.m.

    I knew there would be someone trying to justify the actions of these two deadbeats. The landlord is to blame for renting her property? My family used a service like this traveling in Europe last year - Apartments much nicer than hotel rooms for less money.

    Unfortunately, there are states that encourage deadbeat behavoir and there are a growing number of people who think it ok to lie, cheat and steal to get what they want. The real question is, why is not paying rent not considered theft of services just like dine and dashing is at a restaurant?

  • Johnny Moser Thayne, WY
    Aug. 5, 2014 11:12 p.m.

    I hope she has a good team of attorneys. In addition to getting them evicted, they should file in court to recover costs of eviction and get judgements against future earnings. I hope that folks out there "investing" in these creeps' business ventures realize that they are never going to see a return on that investment. I would definitely make sure that their credit reports were swamped with negative information, that is something she can do for certain.

    Should all of those lawyer tricks not work out, I would still consider an investment in some frontier justice for them once they are out of the house.

    Aug. 4, 2014 12:49 p.m.

    Hopefully the law will allow a lien on all future earnings, including interest, to pay for every day spent in the Condo. Then, there should also be penalties . . .

  • caleb in new york Glen Cove, NY
    Aug. 4, 2014 12:05 p.m.

    the renters have an evil look in their eyes, like that mass murderer from Norway. They are clearly in the wrong here. But renting on AirBNB is risky business and ripe for situations like this occurring. People who put their place up for rent on AirBNB should be very careful.

  • Red San Antonia, TX
    Aug. 4, 2014 8:45 a.m.

    We need some more old fashioned justice.

    Someone needs to throw these bums out on their heads.

  • SlopJ30 St Louis, MO
    Aug. 4, 2014 7:56 a.m.

    "Our society is approaching the point of lawlessness that Lincoln foresaw."

    I giggled out loud when I read this line. A couple of doofus brothers freeload for a coupld of weeks, and we're nearing the point of anarchy. The union must be more fragile than I ever imagined.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Aug. 3, 2014 10:29 p.m.

    It is wrong to rent a place for 44 days and paying only, if at all for the 44 days and then refusing to leave and refusing to pay more money. But she can not make their conditions uncomfortable. She has to go through the formal process which is lengthy and costly. It is part of the price of being a landlord. These men would do it again. From the quotes if accurate they don't sound like everything is alright with them.

    It doesn't matter where she lives. It does not matter if she needs to live in the place. She would like to rent it to another person. It is her property. The tenants should adhere to the contract. She is a victim because they aren't.

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Aug. 3, 2014 8:02 p.m.

    Can't all the utilities to the apartment be turned off? Or does California have a law that protects these dishonest people from getting an apartment rent free--even the utilities. I know of several people who have had renters that won't pay and won't move and they are protected by ridiculous laws. Aren't there laws that can protect the landlord?

  • MNmamaof4 Lakeville, MN
    Aug. 3, 2014 9:16 a.m.

    We had renters who didn't pay for months, trashed the place and wouldn't leave. The sheriff's dept. will evict, but only when the owners have met all of the requirements by law and the sheriff charged us a fee for the service. I feel for this woman.

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Aug. 3, 2014 5:59 a.m.

    John Charity Spring.

    "This well known quote fits this situation perfectly. "

    It must be a quote for every situation. You have used it on every single topic.
    We get it. Enough already.

  • cjb Bountiful, UT
    Aug. 3, 2014 12:39 a.m.

    Surely for a price, there is someone who will 'evict' these brothers.

  • K Mchenry, IL
    Aug. 2, 2014 11:04 p.m.

    It has to be done through court with time and money spent. It's on the owner to prove and the renter is given every opportunity. That is the law.

  • Smart Aleck Vancouver, WA
    Aug. 2, 2014 7:16 p.m.

    Surely the police can help evict trespassers!

  • dwalk Albuquerque, NM
    Aug. 2, 2014 4:14 p.m.

    Welcome to California, where everything is paid for by somebody else. Where all responsibility belongs to somebody else. Where money is endless as long as you vote for big government and as long as the Fed's printing presses are working.

  • samhill Salt Lake City, UT
    Aug. 2, 2014 3:40 p.m.

    For the sake of us all, I hope these little creeps get booted out of her place far and fast.

  • codger Southwest Utah, UT
    Aug. 2, 2014 1:45 p.m.

    "....the tap water hurts his expensive espresso machine"???
    Why are there ANY utilities still on at the place?

  • Blue and White Provo, UT
    Aug. 2, 2014 12:13 p.m.

    This shouldn't be allowed to happen. It doesn't help that they are being protected and basically endorsed to behave like this. The laws need to change. And once they finally leave I would hope that future renters would have enough sense to turn them down or to make them pay for the entire stay up front. I can't believe people are fine with being so dishonest.

  • John Charity Spring Back Home in Davis County, UT
    Aug. 2, 2014 11:54 a.m.

    "Whenever the vicious portion of the population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision stores, throw printing presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure, and with impunity; depend on it, this government cannot last."
    --Abraham Lincoln

    This well known quote fits this situation perfectly. Our society is approaching the point of lawlessness that Lincoln foresaw. Selfishness is ruling the day, and the government is doing nothing about it.

  • waikiki_dave Honolulu, HI
    Aug. 2, 2014 9:46 a.m.

    I could think of creative, strong-armed ways to get these guys out of my apartment rental. This lady needs play 'hard ball' with these guys . . . believe me, they would leave.