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landlord helpNew Yorkers have passed a law banning apartment rentals of less than 30 days.
The ban is aimed at short-term tourist rentals, as well as “transient” hotels in permanent residential buildings.
Lawmakers supporting the ban claim that  short-term rentals place needed housing options out of reach of other New Yorkers at a time of a housing shortage.
Opponents, however, claim that the action was a concession to the powerful hotel industry that has been losing out to locals who seized the opportunity to cater to budget travelers by renting out apartments to tourists.  New York boasts the highest hotel rates in the nation.
The law applies to short term sublets by tenants as well as property owners.
It exempts “bed and breakfast” arrangements, such as an elderly person who takes in a boarder, so long as the permanent resident remains at the property, and only applies to situations where money is exchanged.
Lawmakers believe this measure was needed because these short-term renters, most of them tourists, are noisy and disruptive, and pose a security risk in private buildings.  One senator defended criticism by proclaiming that enforcement will be a “no harm, no foul” scenario, where authorities will be involved only when there is a complaint.
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  • Dawn Robertson

    Laws saying that there can be no short term leases restrict homeowners and traveling business persons. This is a blatant invasion of rights and puts business owners in a difficult place. As long as there is a required background check on each person to occupy a space, there should be no limits on the ability of each person or business to conduct business in usual conditions. All persons residing in a rented/leased space are expected to behave in a way that does not disturb other residents. Lease contracts specify that noise violations can and will be punishable by either eviction or fines. These should be enough.
    I believe expansion would be the key, rather than putting the wants of one niche over another. I would certainly want to feel “at home” even in a temporary space, rather than be forced to stay in a hotel. This is unconstitutional and should be tamped out. Seems “Big Business” is having it’s way with us again.

  • Donlad Yosef MArcus

    I can’t imagine the cost to enforce this ban or how to over see who is violating this ban. This is a full time job for 1000 people or more .

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