10:28 AM EDT, July 22, 2014
A pleasant condo in ritzy Palm Springs, California, is reportedly being inhabited by a guy who has no business being there.
Thirty-nine-year-old Cory Tschogl rented out her condo with it's tidy kitchen and comfortable bedroom to a tourist named "Maksym" for what she thought would be 44 days. Now, she says he refuses to leave. And get this—he's got the nerve to threaten to sue her!
Reporter Julie Bort broke the story for the website businessinsider.com. Check out the headline: "A Guest is Squatting In My Condo And I Can't Get Him to Leave."
Bort told INSIDE EDITION,"She threatens to turn off the power and the electricity. Then, he threatens to sue her, and says that he's got rights. Your sixth sense comes up and feels like this guy knew what he was doing."
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The transaction was made through the popular website Airbnb.com. It's commercials are everywhere, selling a simple concept of homeowners renting their homes to thrifty travellers for short stays.
The condo owner from Palm Springs says she thought something was fishy about her guest when he first moved in. The first thing he did was call her to complain that the tap water looked cloudy. He demanded a full refund. Then, she says the nightmare really began. She says he stayed anyway and has refused to move.
Out of desperation, the condo owner texted him: "The power/electricity will be SHUT OFF tomorrow--I hope that you will check out peacefully today without the need for the authorities to get involved."
But she says Maksym texted back: "I am pressing charges for blackmail and damages caused by your negligence and malicious misconduct."
The Airbnb story is being compared to the nanny who wouldn't leave, a story that recently made headlines all over the world. Marcella and Ralph Bracamonte complained they just could not get their live-in nanny to move out of their California home after they fired her.
At the time, Marcella told INSIDE EDITION, "My hands are tied. I can't do anything to get her out."
Now, the condo owner says she's experiencing the same thing. She's hired an expensive lawyer to have her Airbnb guest evicted, but that may take months.
Airbnb told us in a statement they are working with the homeowner to resolve the issue, adding, 15 million other guests have had a safe and positive experience with their service.