Oh boy, looks like one tenant of the Mary Ellen housing development in Southie is in a bit of hot water.
According to a column by Adrian Walker in the Boston Globe, this resident has been renting out their one-bedroom unit on Airbnb for $36 a night. And people have been renting it pretty steadily since 2016. Here’s an excerpt from the ad on the home-sharing platform:
“This is a real (ungentrified) Boston neighborhood. With real people inhabiting it. Everyone from here in my courtyard was born and raised in Boston. Might be a couple people hanging around having a beverage, but when it comes down to it, they will look out for you more than themselves.”
There have been over 131 reviews on Airbnb for this unit – and in most of these reviews, people enjoyed their stay in the “oldest public housing development” in the city.
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Needless to say, the Boston Housing Authority has started the process to evict the tenant.
On a side note, we have to give the tenant an A for effort on being resourceful and entrepreneurial.
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