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Airbnb squatter California: Nightmare squatters rip-off Kickstarter backers

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Airbnb website renters turned into squatters after they used a law in California that protects them as renters once staying in a residence for more than 30 days. A young woman rented out her condo to two brothers for 44 days through the popular website Airbnb and now she can’t seem to get rid of them, according to the New York Daily News on July 29.

Airbnb is an online community that connects people looking to rent their homes, a room in their home or their apartment with people looking for accommodations in the city your property is in. This works out financially for people who are away on business or vacation, as their home is occupied and generating money instead of sitting idle. It is also a cheap way to find luxury when traveling or vacationing.

What is usually a very successful transaction for both parties turned into a nightmare when Cory Tschogl rented her Palm Springs condo to Maksym Pashanin, who along with his brother, Denys Pashanin are currently occupying her home and won’t leave.

The two brothers have received months of free rent by exploiting the state tenant laws of California. For Cory this has been an expensive legal battle to get these two free-loading squatters out of her home, where they still are today. Pashanin tells the media he regrets nothing and he would squat again, according to Yahoo Finance News.

They demanded a full refund of the money they gave Cory up-front for the 44-day home rental and they’ve also decided to stay a while longer, without paying a penny of rent. With all the publicity the siblings are getting in the headlines, people who have had dealings with these squatters have come forward.

It seems that these siblings have scammed people out of thousands of dollars on the crowdsourcing website, Kickstarter. This website allows wishful inventors to present their creation online and recruit backers so they can raise enough money to bring their invention to market.

In the case of these brothers, they were looking for $10,000 on a video game they developed and they secured $40,000 in backing. The video game was due to come out in June 2014 and nothing else was heard about it once the June has come and gone. “Confederate Express,” which was the game people saw promise in and backed the creative brothers, may never see the light of day.

The almost $40,000 they raised in backing for the game was partly due to PC Gamer featuring their call for investors. 2,386 people invested the money, which totaled four times more than what he was originally requesting. Days before the story broke about the two brothers turned squatters, Maksym announced his company was postponing the release of the video as they were undergoing a corporate reconstruction.

Then to add insult to injury they started another Kickstarter campaign with yet another video game. This time it was “Knuckle Club” and the brothers were looking for $25,000 from investors.

The comments section of the Kickstarter website called the duo “nothing more than con-artists.” It looks as if the people who usually back promising video games steered clear of them.

The brothers have also sued previous landlords. One landlord was sued in 2012 for $10,000 because there was a “nuisance.” They claimed construction was going on while they lived in the San Francisco apartment and wanted the money for enduring this noise. The case was thrown out of court.

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