A former basketball pro rents out his two posh Brooklyn apartments for non-stop parties that distraught neighbors say have caused constant noise – and even seen guns firing.
AJ West, a 29-year-old former college basketball star, reportedly put his apartments in Clinton Hill and Bedford-Stuyvesant on Airbnb and Square last summer as production or party venues where you pay by the hour.
Shortly after, there were music video recordings five to six times a week and almost constant parties in the two apartments, with dozens of residents crammed into the small properties.
AJ West, a former basketball pro turned party organizer, reportedly rents out his Brooklyn apartments as recording studios and party spaces.
Pictured in Reno in 2014 during his time as a college sportsman, West was a former basketball player at the University of Nevada.
In one case, court documents say a party at the Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment turned violent on December 30, 2020, ending with three guns fired more than ten times and two people arrested for reckless threats.
Residents have been telling since then Daily news, the police have been on the premises of the apartment when a party is taking place, which according to one resident took place five nights a week.
Another said that the combination of the flashing sirens outside and the blaring music inside the building makes it feel like ‘a war is going on’.
The properties are listed on Airbnb and Square as production studios and are run under the allegedly illegal businesses 4tkstudios and 4tkspaces, according to a lawsuit in Brooklyn Civil Court.
‘This is a media production site first,’ de Airbnb listing for one of his apartments says ‘so if you are a regular guest please don’t complain or write a bad review about having one motion camera by the back door and one motion camera in the living room.’
The apartments feature an arcade system with over 80,000 1970s games, three televisions connected to two Xbox Ones, and a ‘huge, luxurious armchair’.
The apartments are designed as spaces for music video recording, with in this photo one such space in one of the West apartments in Brooklyn
This condo, in Grand Street, Clinton Hill, features an arcade and three televisions connected to two Xbox Ones
In December, a party at the Clinton Hill apartment in West (pictured) resulted in the firing of three guns ten times and the arrest of two people.
West first considers his apartments, like the one in Bedford Stuyvesant (pictured) as a place for media production and advertises them on his Instagram
They could be rented with discounts under certain offers listed on West’s Squareincluding an Early Bird Special where each session booked with a start time of 8-11 a.m. costs just $ 45 an hour, with a minimum of four hours.
And anyone who stays longer than three hours will see their hourly price reduced from $ 60 to $ 40 after the third hour to six hours.
West, who was a former center at the University of Nevada, does not book stays for less than 20 people on Fridays or Saturdays, the description on any of his Airbnb properties says, in violation of COVID-related collection laws.
DailyMail.com has reached out to Airbnb and Square for more comment on how West is reportedly using the properties on their websites.
Now the management of the Bedford-Stuyvesant apartment is suing West, claiming he had not paid $ 1,500 in monthly rent in March, and the Clinton Hill apartment management company said they had removed the Airbnb listings in 2019 and West signed. a waiver that he would not rent the property.
But Friday Taub, who works for Plaza Management, said he had set up the site again in the summer of 2020, confirming that he has not paid any rent.
The company has started eviction proceedings but has not yet received a court date due to COVID-related delays.
An eviction moratorium imposed in the aftermath of the pandemic actually banned evictions in upstate New York.
That moratorium will be extended to August 31 at the New York Capitol in Albany on Monday and was intended to protect people who had lost their jobs as a result of COVID from homelessness.
But critics say it has effectively given bad tenants carte blanche to behave the way they want without consequences.
‘It feels like [West’s] by taking advantage of the relaxed pandemic eviction rules to create a nightclub in our building, generate income without paying rent and terrorize everyone in the building, ” a neighbor said.
West is due to appear in court again on May 6.