As it turns out, (possibly) Russian brothers Maksym and Denys Pashanin, now forever known as the Airbnb Squatters, had eviction papers served to them in a San Francisco SRO way back in 2009. Have they just been squatting their way around the country for the last five years?
The locations in which they incorporated and re-incorporated their video game business, Kilobite Inc., suggest that they have been moving around, unless they're just exploiting various states' laws pertaining to incorporation. As the Chron earlier reported, they filed incorporation papers in Navarre, Florida last August, and then filed others in Austin, Texas in December, and Maksym's Airbnb profile listed him as a video game designer from Austin.
The two brothers have been camped out in one San Francisco woman's Palm Springs condo since the beginning of June, having paid proper Airbnb rates only through June 30. Under California law, as they knew, this legally made them tenants, and they began treating their Airbnb host as a landlord, almost immediately lodging complaints about the water quality.
Similarly, as Valleywag now reports, they filed suit against another landlord in San Francisco in October 2012 for a nuisance claim and "breach of covenant of quiet enjoyment" related to construction activity in the backyard of a unit at 59 Lee Avenue in the Oceanview neighborhood. You can read that full complaint here. It looks as though the landlord filed a counter-claim for damages, and that the Pashanins had already moved on to Florida by December 2012, and spent the next year and a half there. The case was dismissed with prejudice, with the plaintiff, Maksym Pashanin, "not responsible for damages upon move-out if less than $250."
Now, the lawyers that condo-owner Cory Tschogl has hired, with help from Airbnb, have not been able to deliver an eviction notice to the Pashanins because they've learned about some loophole that prevents them from accepting the notice if they're in disguise or if the brother answers the door denying the presence of Maksym, whose is the named evictee. Can't Palm Springs sheriffs get involved here yet?
Here's a photo of the sad condo in question, via the Desert Sun.
And in related news, Kickstarter has suspended the account with which they were trying to raise another $25,000 for a second video game, before delivering the first one, Confederate Express, for which they raised $40,000 in donations last fall, even though $10,000 was their goal.
In any event, the Brothers Pashanin, who've already said they'd squat again, care nothing about your American Internet shaming and moral high ground. They found some loopholes in your silly American laws, and they will use them until they are rich, famous video game designers. Nostrovia!
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