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article imageAirbnb is trying more self-regulation in New York

By Owen Weldon     Oct 21, 2016 in Business
New York City - Airbnb has introduced a measure that allows hosts in San Francisco to rent only one property. The company has sent a proposal for New York that has a similar provision.
Earlier this week, Airbnb unveiled a proposal for responsible home sharing in NYC. This is part of an effort to defeat onerous legislation.
The proposal includes allowing each host to rent one home in the city's five boroughs. This would allow hosts to occasionally rent their whole apartment and to rent rooms.

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Also, landlords would be allowed to make their own rules for short-term rentals and it would protect against bad renters with insurance policies. The proposal includes having Airbnb collect taxes and remit them to the state of New York and cities throughout the state. Hosts are supposed to be collecting taxes now, but the process would be simplified if Airbnb collected them.
Airbnb said it was also willing to create a registry of hosts, which would make it easier for NY state to enforce housing rules. The proposal includes creating a hotline that neighbors can call and make a compliant. If a host violates local regulations three times, then they would be barred from using the service. So far, over 2,000 commercial operators have been barred from using Airbnb.
The bill pending in NY is sponsored by Linda Rosenthal, an Assembly Member, and it would fine hosts $7,500 if they are caught posting listings on Airbnb.
In April, Rosenthal said Airbnb created a black market for illegal hotel operators. She added that her bill would crackdown on bad actors who are depleting the city's affordable housing stock.
Under current law, NYC bans rentals of 30 days or less if the owner of the property is not there.
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