Airbnb squatters leave Palm Springs condo after two months, and Cory Tschogl is happy to have her rental property back.
According to USA Today, the squatters left the Palm Springs condo quietly. The problem started when Maksym Pashanin publicly refused to leave Tschogl’s apartment. He found the home from a vacation rental listing site.
Tschogl confirmed that Pashanin has left her condo without incident:
“There was nothing really dramatic inside the condo … There was no crazy damages. Everything was actually kind of in order. So it was like, anti-climatic, but in a positive way.”
Tschogl, a Bay Area vision therapist, has the condo as a second home and listed it on Airbnb as a way to generate a small amount of income.
Tschogl told the Business Insider that Pashanin and his brother reserved the one-bedroom apartment from May 25 to July 8, and paid for the first 30 days in advance through Airbnb. After staying in the home for a month, he stopped paying, Tschogl said.
The Airbnb squatters in Palm Springs were facing an eviction. Pashanin, a video game developer who brazenly posted on the website KickStarter — where he was raising money to fund a video gaming project — once said that he had no regrets about his squatting behavior, and would do it again.
The case called attention to California’s generous renter protections, which can be abused.
Because Pashanin had been in the home for 30 days, the “squatter” — as he was referred to in numerous media reports and online chatter — was protected under California tenant law, which requires a landlord to pay a relocation fee to tenants they wish to evict.
It seems Pashanin left in the dark of night, Tschogl said, who learned of the departure from a combination of sources: neighbor accounts, family members checking on the apartment, and even a private service hired by Airbnb, charged with gathering information on the situation.
Cory Tschogl explained:
“So it was kind of a combination of my dad, the neighbors and then this professional service … So he just kind of like left in the middle of the night.”
Tschogl retained two attorneys to both aid in getting the apartment back, and also to ensure protection from organizations like Airbnb, neighbors or the HOA for speaking so publicly about the situation.
“One thing I will say, while Airbnb was slow to support me in the beginning, they really kind of came through in the end. They’ve offered to cover all of these different costs … I will definitely continue to use Airbnb as a guest,” she said.
As the Airbnb squatters in Palm Springs leave the condo, Cory Tschogl plans to take a month to relax now that she got the rental property back. She wants time to reflect on things because she still feels violated and emotional about the whole situation. Who can blame her?