This ONLY applies to NYC hosts (as far as I know) - the five boroughs…
Tonight, I attended a well-run, incredibly informative meeting of The Home Sharing Association of America. Most attendees are part of Airbnb, but there were people from other platforms as well…
The New York City Office of Special Enforcement (OSE) - is coming down hard, and swifty, on ANY kind of home sharing that is considered Short Term - under 30 days.
This includes: shares (a room or more in your home), rentals, Condos, Co-ops, Single family, 2-family, 3-family, 4-family+ - ALL OF THEM. The horror stories that were told tonight were…horrible. Huge fines; cancellation of all bookings. Abuse by NYC officials. I was sure I was exempt; I’m not.
If you are a NYC host, neither are you.
Evidently, 4-6 individuals from the Dept of Buildings, FDNY, and NYPD suddenly appear at your doorstep, (OR YOUR GUESTS DOOR!!!) “demanding” entry. ALWAYS REFUSE ENTRY!!! (and make sure your guests know to refuse entry as well) If you refuse, they stake out your place, write summonses (even unseen) and ask your guests details that will incriminate you as they walk IN and OUT!
It is a NIGHTMARE!
I spoke with an attorney tonight that laid it all out. He used to work FOR the CITY, now works FOR THE HOME SHARERS ; what he said is grim. home sharing is pretty much all illegal under the current law.
It’s kinda like a friend of mine said about motorcyclists; you’ve either gone down, or gonna go down.
For many New Yorkers, I know that you may question what I am saying here; I certainly did until tonight! But I mel with, hard-working, honest, truthful hosts letting me know that they recevied $5,000 - $100,000 fines levied by NYC, and how the only way to actually create an effective defense is if all of us, working togther, spending time, energy and money, to change policy.
I honestly don’t know what my next move is, but…I wanted to share this with the community.
Figured I’d let all of you know what I know now.