New York Officials Plan Airbnb Crackdown

By Paul Riegler on 16 October 2014
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Manhattan’s Times Square

New York City and New York State officials announced a joint enforcement initiative to shut down what they called “illegal hotels” on Thursday.

The crackdown is aimed squarely at short-term Airbnb rentals.  New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman simultaneously released a report that found that up to 72% of Airbnb listings violate state and city laws.  New York City prohibits people from renting homes and apartments for fewer than 30 days unless the owners or occupants are present.

“This report raises serious concerns about the proliferation of illegal hotels and the impact of Airbnb and sites like it on the City of New York,” said Schneiderman.

Airbnb, a website which matches homeowners and apartment renters with travelers, has been the subject of great scrutiny from regulators and hotel owners in the city.  Both cite safety concerns and tax issues.

The attorney general’s report shows that most Airbnb rentals are centered in three Manhattan neighborhoods – namely Lower East Side/Chinatown, Chelsea/Hell’s Kitchen and Greenwich Village/SoHo – and that hardly any are in Queens, Staten Island, or the Bronx.

Officials said they plan to investigate and shut down Airbnb listings that violate city laws.

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