A New York Post report released over the weekend claims that residents of the Sheepshead Bay Houses on Nostrand Avenue are illegally subletting their taxpayer subsidized apartments for as little as $350 a month.
The Post reports:
Several ads for nightly or monthly sublets were posted on Craigslist last week, including a $650 room in Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay Houses — which was swooped up in a few days.
“Huge room available immediately in a 3-bedroom apartment for rent,” the ad says. “Females only . . . no drugs, no smoking, no drama.”
The tenant, who listed a cellphone number and a New York City Housing Authority address, declared that two people could also share the room for $350 each.
… Meanwhile, another Sheepshead Bay tenant posted “$400 public housing room for rent” on Craigslist on Dec. 11.
“If you are looking for a cheap furnished room then here you have it,” the resident wrote, adding, “[Two] month rent required to move in. First come first served.”
Only people authorized by the New York City Housing Authority may live in a NYCHA apartment, and those who break the rules can be fined and given the boot.
Meanwhile, 160,000 families are on NYCHA’s waiting list, and 55,000 tenants have been places in apartments that are too large for their needs.