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New York already makes it illegal to offer your whole apartment for short-term rentals through services like Airbnb, but it's giving that legislation some added bite. As part of a flurry of end-of-term approvals, the state's assembly and senate have voted for a bill that would make it illegal just to advertise your entire place for a short (under 30 days) rental.
The NY state law prohibits owners or renters of apartments in multi-unit buildings from renting them for less than 30 days unless they remain present. The law permits having boarders or renting rooms.
Airbnb has faced a number of legal obstacles, along with opposition by the politically powerful hotel industry. The company has taken a constructive approach. In May 2013, after one of its customers was fined $2,400 for violating a 2010 law limiting short-term rentals of residences, the company assisted in a successful appeal. As David Hantman, Airbnb’s head of global public policy, wrote last September: “Under New York law, as long as a permanent occupant is present during a stay, the stay does not violate New York’s short-term rental laws. Much of the New York law is confusing, with some provisions applying to certain buildings and not to others. But this shared space provision was crystal clear. We intervened in this case, because the initial decision on Nigel [Warren]’s case was so clearly wrong, and we are pleased to see that the board agreed.”
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