Photo from New York Shitty.
From the Epoch Times:
Affordable housing advocates are banding together Friday to launch a campaign against the Airbnb ads plastered throughout subway stations in New York City.
The ads are misleading according to the Real Rent Reform coalition, which formed to combat illegal hotels.
“The problem of illegal hotels predates Airbnb by many years, but Airbnb makes the problem more difficult,” said Matthew Abuelo, a steering committee member of the West Side Neighborhood Alliance (WSNA).
Typically, an illegal hotel is run by a landlord who stands to make higher profits by renting out apartments to a constant stream of tourists, rather than to a long term resident.
A residential building is then used as a commercial hotel, putting a dent in the housing supply and raising rents in the neighborhood.
It is also easy to see why neighbors of these units would take issue with this short term renting—tourists are noisy, the increased volume of people moving in and out is considered a fire hazard, and then there is the worry of being pressured to leave so their own apartments can be converted into more illegal hotel units.
New York City has struggled with the problem of illegal hotels for over a decade, resulting in a state law that prevents most renters from subletting their apartments for under 30 days unless the tenant is also present. Yet, about two-thirds of the hosts using Airbnb are doing just that, according to the State attorney general office’s estimates.
Now it’s not just landlords and tenants at odds with one another, but neighbors are pitted against each other as well, Abuelo said.
And then there's the push by the electeds.