If you're a tenant or a landlord in New York, then you should know that short-term subleases through websites like Airbnb are prohibited. Additionally, most leases require the landlord's permission to sublease. Unapproved subleasing could result in eviction, and that may be the case for artist Eileen Hickey.
According to a lawsuit brought by a business association in East Harlem, the city was late in filing an eviction order against property owners who have held out against a development project. In 2010, a state appeals court ruled that the city had the right to buy out the landowners to move the development forward, but according to the owners' lawsuit, there was a three-year timeframe for filing the eviction order. The city was apparently four months late.