Friday, September 14, 2012
Stiffer fines for illegal hotels
From CBS New York:
The New York City Council announced plans to stiffen fines to try to further crack down on illegal hotels.
At a news conference outside City Hall on Wednesday, housing advocates and angry tenants joined some city council members to speak out against the increase in illegal hotels popping up in neighborhoods all across the city.
Some residents said their building’s landlord illegally converted some apartment for short-term rentals.
The city has been cracking down on the illegal conversions since a state law was passed last year. But the city council has plans to increase the fines on illegal hotel landlords to try to run the practice out of business.
The City Council measure would increase the fines to up to $25,000 for landlords with multiple illegal units.
Housing advocates said the illegal hotels take away affordable housing options for residents, and City Council Speaker Christine Quinn said the illegal hotels are dangerous.