Two Airbnb hosts — one who was renting out a Trump Tower apartment and another who listed her affordable housing co-op for $446 a night — have coughed up $1,000 each in fines under a law banning listings for short-term rentals, according to the city.
“The state law prohibiting illegal rental ads is helping us stop those who turn homes into hotels,” City Hall spokeswoman Melissa Grace said.
“The city has started receiving payments of these fines — including by a homeowner in Trump Tower and a Lower East Side resident who frequently rented out a home specifically reserved as affordable housing for low-income New Yorkers.”
The two hosts are the first people to pay their fines under the law, which prohibits advertising the properties. It was already against the law in New York to rent out an entire apartment for fewer than 30 days if the owner is not also at home.