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City Council gives $2 million towards efforts aimed at Airbnb

April 18, 2018 Brooklyn Daily Eagle
City Council Speaker Corey Johnson. AP Photo/Bebeto Matthews
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City Council Speaker Corey Johnson (D-Manhattan) has called for giving $2 million more to the Office of Special Enforcement, which enforces rules that ban transient occupancy, according to The Real Deal.

State law generally requires that a permanent resident of a house or apartment stay on site when paying guests are there for less than 30 days, and the state passed a law in 2015 banning ads for arrangements, including many Airbnb venues, which violate this rule. City Hall filed a lawsuit against Airbnb on Monday after the company refused to comply with a subpoena for records of short-term rentals at an address on West 15th Street in Manhattan, The Real Deal reported.

A statement from Airbnb criticized “Big Hotels” for the anti-Airbnb effort, saying that many “responsible New Yorkers” are sharing their homes “to make ends meet.”

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