Public comments for: Required Disclosures Of Short-Term Rental Transactions By Booking Services

Comments

Comment:
Proposed Rules The proposed rules do not consider the interests of all New Yorkers. The law is targeted against landlords who warehouse units so as to rent to Airbnb guests thereby reducing the housing stock and increasing fair market rents. However, no consideration has been given to the thousands of New Yorkers who host AirBnb guests to be able to financially remain in their homes, whether owned or rented, many of whom will become homeless if unable to continue to rent thorough AirBnB. Further, many tourists, students, and family would not be able to visit New York City if their only option was a New York hotel and yet these visitors spend money and expand the New York economy, a benefit to all New Yorkers. At a minimum, the rules should exempt individuals who have one residence in which they live and rent to Airbnb. The safest way to protect their names and addresses is for them to be exempt from reporting. Harassment by landlords is a significant issue if they are able to get the names and addresses of tenants using AirBnb, inadvertent or not. Rent Stabilization A specious argument is that increased profit to landlords induced by Airbnb takes apartments out of rent stabilization. This is not possible. A tenant in a rent-stabilized apartment is guaranteed a renewal lease at an increase governed by the Rent Guidelines Board. The circumstance upon which an apartment moves from rent stabilization to fair market is when the rent reaches $2,700 monthly or the tenant has $200,000 annual income in two consecutive years. The tenant can only be evicted for nonpayment or conducting illegal activity. If renting to Airbnb guests is illegal, it becomes a justification for eviction. The rent stabilization laws allow tenants to have roommates. Why can’t they rent to AirBnB as an alternative to make ends meet? Why should they be harassed?
Agency: MAYOR
Comment:
See attached document.
Supporting Document:
Agency: MAYOR
Comment:
Please see comment letter attached as Supporting Document. The letter exceeds 3,000 characters in length and therefore cannot be pasted directly into this comment entry. It is also being submitted via email correspondence to oserules@cityhall.nyc.gov. Submitted on behalf of: Airbnb, Inc.
Agency: MAYOR
Comment:
Local law 146 of 2018 will allow landlords to evict long-term rent stabilized tenants who are using booking services to generate income to help pay the rent and remain in their apartments. The consequences are dire for the tenant. If evicted, the tenant will be unable to find a comparable apartment in the neighborhood. The consequences for the landlord are desirable. The landlord can make a few repairs justifying a rent that exceeds $2,500 monthly and exit rent stabilization. Mayor’s Office for Special Enforcement should set rules in §17-05 or a new section to exempt reporting on tenants who reside in an apartment and rent a room on a booking service to defray the cost of rent.
Agency: MAYOR