The craftiness of New Yorkers know no bounds when it comes to $210/month rent. However, when it involves posing as dead tenants, the police start arresting people. Twelve people were arrested for posing as dead tenants in public housing. The Department of Investigation Commissioner said, "To pretend the dead were living, these defendants developed intricate schemes to gain scarce and valuable public housing." The schemes included forgery, having a dead tenant's twin brother pose as the deceased, and posing as dead grandmothers. Well, for $210, that's understandable; we just hope the bodies were removed. And it's not like they killed someone. But, yes, it's illegal (they face between 4 and 7 years in jail).


A movie about posing a dead mother - Pyscho. A movie about posing as a dead twin brother - Bad Company. A movie about posing as someone else - The Talented Mr. Ripley. A movie about not telling mom the babysitter's dead - Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead.

Gothamist on NY real estate.