New York City banned all short-term rentals (except bedrooms), and they are likely trying to do the same in upstate NY.
We had the chair/rug/income kicked out from under us when our city banned Airbnbs and we were told to stop hosting immediately or face a daily fine. So did our friends and neighbors who were also hosts, regardless whther it was rented ten times per year or hundred. It affected many many peoples’ lives and income.
In NYC they are now sending sherrifs deputies to listings continuing to operate since the ban in '16, sometimes using bogus city codes and safety violations as a ruse to intimidate and illegally enter properties whilst the owners are away and their Airbnb guests are present. It’s a pretty big, stinking deal…and one that likely won’t stop with just NY & LA. It is happening everywhere. New Orleans, Seattle. Hawaii had proposed a bill to criminalize unlicensed vacation rentals as a felony offense.
Hosts and guests get to ensure that people see the positives of vacation rentals and how they can actually benefit cities both fiscally with tourist dollars and big tax revenues (with no investment), as well as with diversity and increased reach for tourism, while showing that rentals can operate fully within local tax and licensing laws and local regulations, etc.
Lawmakers need to hear from hosts so they can see how responsible, respectful and law-abiding hosts (and our guests) can be, as well as see in the flesh how many of their city’s inhabitants’ lives and livelihood depend on their hosting.
If you can make it, do please go…and tell any local hosts friends, too! This affects all of us…