Saturday, October 31, 2015
City Council wants to crack down on AirBnB
Proposed legislation aims to rein in landlords who evict tenants in favor of Airbnb renters.
The current fine for renting out an apartment for fewer than 30 days without an owner present is $1,600.
The proposal by City Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal (D-6th) would increase that penalty to between $10,000 and $50,000, WCBS 880’s Ginny Kosola reported.
“You’re living in what you thought was a residential community in your building, but now you have a revolving door of suitcases going in and out next door to you, disturbing your quality of life,” Rosenthal told 1010 WINS. “So the law exists for a reason, it’s illegal to rent out your apartment.”
Rosenthal said landlords on the Upper West Side are tossing out tenants and renting out the apartments at a high, daily Airbnb rate.
The law does not apply to owners of single- and two-family homes.
Then there was this priceless quote from Paul Vallone:
“The underlining and continual concern is that Airbnb makes a profit while turning our community into Animal House,” Vallone said.
(I think he meant underlying...)