05/17 Pittsburgh’s tiny house keeps popping up on Airbnb, could be a violation of its URA loan

Pittsburg tiny house on AirBnB

Pittsburg tiny house on AirBnB

Last month, Garfield’s now-famous tiny house sold for $109,000 (its full asking price). But ever since becoming a legitimate, owner-occupied home, the micro house has been living a peculiar life on the internet. The 330-square-foot-home has popped up on the residence-rental site Airbnb at least twice over the past month, each time mysteriously vanishing into thin air about an hour after posting.

Matt Buchholz, an artist who lives a few blocks from the tiny house, says he spotted the listing on Airbnb Sunday night and then screen-grabbed it and posted it on his twitter account (@AltHistories). A City Paper staffer also saw the tiny house posted on Airbnb about two weeks ago. Both times the posting was taken down within an hour…

“Posting it on Airbnb could lead one to believe that her using it as a bed and breakfast may be occurring more than occasionally,” wrote Swartz to CP after the first posting two weeks ago. “I don’t think the URA would accept this, and could conceivably require the developer, cityLab, to repay the $49,000 in URA funds that the project received.”

Read more – http://www.pghcitypaper.com/Blogh/archives/2016/05/17/pittsburghs-tiny-house-keeps-popping-up-on-airbnb-could-be-a-violation-of-its-ura-loan


Elaine Walker