Former basketball pro ‘sublets smart apartments for non-stop gunfire parties’
A former basketball pro sublets his two upscale Brooklyn apartments for nonstop parties that distraught neighbors say have caused constant noise – and even seen gunfire.
AJ West, a 29-year-old former college basketball star, reportedly started listing his Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant apartments on Airbnb and Square as paid production or party spots on time last summer.
Shortly thereafter, there were scheduled music video shoots five to six times a week and almost constant parties at both apartments, with dozens of occupants crammed into the smaller properties.
AJ West reportedly leases Brooklyn apartments as recording studios and party spaces
West was a former center basketball player at the University of Nevada
In one case, according to court documents, a party at the Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment on December 30, 2020 turned violent, ending in three shots more than 10 times and two people arrested for reckless endangerment.
Since then, locals have told the Daily News, police are on the apartment premises whenever a party takes place, which one resident said took place five nights a week.
Another said the combination of flashing sirens outside and blaring music inside made the building feel like “ a war is on. ”
The properties are listed on Airbnb and Square as production studios, run as part of the allegedly illegal 4tkstudios and 4tkspaces activity, according to a lawsuit in Brooklyn Civil Court.
“It is first and foremost a place of media production”, the Airbnb The listing for one of his apartments says: ‘So if you’re a normal guest don’t complain or write a bad review that there’s a motion camera at the back door. and a motion camera in the living room. ”
The apartments include an arcade system with over 80,000 games from the 1970s, three TVs connected to two Xbox One’s and a “huge luxury recliner”.
The apartments are designed to be music video recording spaces
They have an arcade and three TVs connected to two Xbox One
In December, a party at the Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment in West (pictured) resulted in three shots being fired 10 times and two people arrested.
West sees his apartments, like Clinton Hill (pictured) as a media production location in the first place, and advertises them on his Instagram
They could be rented at a discount as part of certain promotions listed on West’s Square, including an Early Bird Special in which any session booked with a start time of 8-11 a.m. is just $ 45 an hour, with a four-hour minimum.
And anyone who stays past three hours sees their price per hour reduced from $ 60 to $ 40 after the third hour until six.
West, which was a former University of Nevada center, does not book stays for less than 20 people on Fridays or Saturdays, as described at one of its Airbnb properties, in violation of gathering laws related to the COVID.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Airbnb and Square for further comment on how West is allegedly using the properties listed on their websites.
Now the management of the Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment is suing West, claiming he did not pay $ 1,500 in monthly rent in March, and the Clinton Hill apartment management company said it had removed the ads Airbnb in 2019 and signed West. a waiver saying that he would not rent the premises.
But, on Friday Taub, who works for Plaza Management, said he had set up the site again in the summer of 2020, and confirmed he was not paying rent.
The company has started eviction proceedings, but has yet to receive a hearing date, due to COVID-related delays.
A moratorium on evictions imposed in the wake of the pandemic effectively banned evictions in New York state.
This moratorium is expected to be extended until August 31 at the New York Capitol in Albany on Monday, and was designed to protect people who had lost their jobs due to COVID from becoming homeless.
But critics say it has effectively given bad tenants carte blanche to behave the way they want without consequences.
‘It’s like feeling [West’s] by exploiting the relaxed pandemic eviction rules to create a nightclub in our building, to generate income without paying rent and to terrorize everyone in the building, ”said a neighbor.
West is due to return to court on May 6.