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New York - NYC Proposes New Legislation For Harsher Fines On Home-Swapping Sites

Published on: June 10, 2015 03:10 PM
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FILE - A supporter of Airbnb holds a sign during a rally before a hearing called "Short Term Rentals: Stimulating the Economy or Destabilizing Neighborhoods?" at City Hall in New York January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon StapletonFILE - A supporter of Airbnb holds a sign during a rally before a hearing called "Short Term Rentals: Stimulating the Economy or Destabilizing Neighborhoods?" at City Hall in New York January 20, 2015. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

New York - Manhattan City Council members proposed new legislation Wednesday that would hand down tough fines on property owners who list units on Airbnb and other home-swapping sites.

Council members Helen Rosenthal and Ydanis Rodriguez proposed new legislation that would raise the fine for a first offense from $1,000 to $10,000, with a maximum penalty increasing from $25,000 to $50,000, reports The New York Daily News (http://bit.ly/1cLVLCe).

Another bill would require City Hall to provide an annual report showing complaints, inspections and fines related to short-term rentals.

Permanent residents can sublet a property for less than 30 days if the resident will continue to live in the residence.

The council states that illegal rentals reduce affordable housing, and that property owners are pressuring residents to move out of their apartments to make room for hotel rooms.

Attorney General Eric Schneiderman found that almost three-quarters of Airbnb’s New York City bookings from 2010 to 2014 were illegal, and found that property owners using Airbnb evaded millions of dollars in hotel taxes.

The report also found that in Manhattan’s Upper West Side, Chelsea and Greenwich Village and Brooklyn’s Williamsburg/Greenpoint, some property owners rent entire floors.

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Office of Special Inspections issued 568 violations in the first four months of 2015, compared to 310 in the first four months of 2014.

David Hantman of Airbnb says there are some who take advantage of the system, but more than 90 percent of the hosts through Airbnb only list one unit a few days a year for supplemental income.


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 Jun 10, 2015 at 05:00 PM FmrBklynKid Says:

Whatever happened to the concept of freedom to use your own property anyway you want to?

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 Jun 10, 2015 at 05:46 PM Boochie Says:

Affordable housing is a scam ....do awya with it

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 Jun 10, 2015 at 07:33 PM ShmutzVesh Says:

This is the biggest baloney ever. The city is trying g to squeeze even last penny out of every last person who works to make am honest living and give it to the lazy good for nothing money hungry selfish people who don't work and only take entitlements. I officially hate nyc and almost every l thing about it.

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