He wanted to see a war up close, and now he’s got an “Air’’ war at home.
Ten years ago, a teenage Farris Hassan sneaked off to Iraq for a front-row seat to the war on terror. Now he’s battling his Midtown landlord, who says Hassan is illegally renting out his apartment over Airbnb.
“He’s using a cheap, rent-stabilized unit to profiteer,” said landlord Ron Edelstein. “It’s a perfect storm of taking a rent-stabilized apartment off the market from people who need it.”
Hassan’s one-bedroom on West 54th Street is still listed on the lodging site for $89 a night.
The listing boasts of “free breakfast and free liquor” for guests, even though Hassan, 25, was served last week with an order to vacate the unit.
But Hassan, who gained fame for his solo trip from Florida to Baghdad in 2005, insists the unit is not rent-stabilized and is suing Edelstein because he “lied to me and many other tenants.”
Documents supplied by Hassan and Edelstein show the unit listed as rent-stabilized as of last year. The Rent Guidelines Board lists the building as rent-stabilized.
The current rent is listed in state records as $2,650.
Edelstein says the Airbnb listing and Hassan’s dozens of guests violate his lease.
“The apartment is not properly equipped with the proper fire-safety protections required of hotels in the city of New York and presents a danger to the public health, safety and welfare,” the order reads.
In September 2013, Edelstein dispatched a private investigator, Vincent Parco, to rent the unit via Airbnb.
Parco reported doing so months later and said that during his stay, Hassan offered him, for free, a choice off three liquor shots or one “signature” mixed drink.
As a 16-year-old private-school student in Fort Lauderdale, Hassan ran off without his Iraqi-born parents’ permission to observe the war firsthand.
He made it to Baghdad in December 2005, but was sent home a few days later after turning up at an Associated Press office.
His Airbnb profile says he now works in “venture capital, music and other fields” and is interested in “defying convention, spontaneity [and] ridiculosity.”