The Man, The Loophole, and The Hotel Room

A loophole in New York’s rental law empowered a man to stay in a building but he took it too far

Edward Anderson
CrimeBeat
Published in
5 min readMay 15, 2024

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New Yorker Hotel is at the center of a criminal case Image by Ermell via Wikimedia

Mickey Barreto moved cross-country to be with his boyfriend in June 2018. They planned on building a life together and doing all the things that couples do. They loved one another very much, by all accounts.

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Edward Anderson
CrimeBeat

Edward has written hundreds of acclaimed true crime articles and has won numerous awards for his short stories. His most recent book is Barbenheimer.