Despite the Top Questions entries about NYC laws prohibiting most vacation apartment rentals, the repeated scam warnings, and nearly daily discussion on the forum, we frequently have people who still cannot quite believe that a vacation apartment rental in NYC is a VERY BAD idea.
Here is a collection of prior threads recounting negative experiences by those travelers who were either sadly unaware of the problem, or chose to intentionally ignore the legality issue and engage in a shady transaction. Some of these threads never die because others add on their dreadful experience.
Yes, forum regulars are sick of seeing these threads, but collecting them means we can easily add it to the Top Questions section.
This is just a subset of similar threads on the forum. It's a volatile topic, so be prepared for flames! Keep reading as additional first-person accounts may appear.