Airbnb is currently battling issues about regulation in New York. This week the City Council will do its best to try and squash Airbnb hosting. A bill introduced by Manhattan Councilwoman Helen Rosenthal would hit New Yorkers with fines ranging from $10,000 to $50,000 for temporarily renting out their residences. Crazy, right?!
Though this may sound like a made-up story, it’s not. This is real-life happening right now.
“To put that fine into perspective, a landlord that doesn’t provide heat to their tenant is fined a maximum of $500 a day, a landlord who lets rats run rampant on their property can be fined a maximum of $2,000 per violation, and a landlord who allows people to be exposed to lead paint can be fined up to a maximum of $10,000 per violation.” -Chris Lehane, Airbnb Global Head of Public Policy
Make sure you are actively participating in your City Council’s meetings about Airbnb and short-term rentals. By participating, you can help shape the discussion around Airbnb and its impact on your city. When you advocate for Airbnb, you are also advocating your personal property rights.
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This article was written by Jim Breese. Jim is an Airbnb expert and creator of LearnAirbnb.com, a premium source of information to help you become a smarter Airbnb host.