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New York's war on Airbnb is all about slamming the little guy
New York Post ^ | 05/16/2018 | Editorial Board

Posted on 05/16/2018 6:53:50 AM PDT by SeekAndFind

Edited on 05/16/2018 9:47:53 AM PDT by Sidebar Moderator. [history]

New York’s “progressive” pols are again going to bat for deep-pocketed special-interest groups against little guys trying to make a few extra bucks — Airbnb hosts.

A City Council bill would force the apartment-sharing service to turn over the names and addresses of all its New York City hosts so officials can crack down on units with “violations” — even when those breaches have nothing to do with their Airbnb listing.


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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: airbnb; nyc

1 posted on 05/16/2018 6:53:51 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

Or protecting big business.


2 posted on 05/16/2018 6:56:11 AM PDT by AppyPappy (Don't mistake your dorm political discussions with the desires of the nation)
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To: AppyPappy

Doing what progressive/communists do.


3 posted on 05/16/2018 6:57:42 AM PDT by phormer phrog phlyer
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To: SeekAndFind
I have no interest in defending companies like Airbnb. Like Uber and Lyft, their business model is built on skirting legal restrictions that any civilized society would find perfectly reasonable.

Having said that, I'm kind of surprised New York City even feels a need to regulate Airbnb out of existence. I believe something like 70% of the housing units in NYC are in rental apartment buildings, co-ops and condominiums, and I'm willing to bet Airbnb violates the lease terms and/or deed restrictions in nearly 100% of those buildings.

4 posted on 05/16/2018 7:03:36 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's.")
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To: SeekAndFind
Clearly, most hosts are everyday New Yorkers, typically tenants looking to help pay their bills.

Even the New York Post -- while standing up for Airbnb -- recognizes that most Airbnb hosts don't even own the places where they live.

5 posted on 05/16/2018 7:05:31 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's.")
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To: SeekAndFind

More need for regulatory Decapture.

Bring an end to the “you got a license?” State.


6 posted on 05/16/2018 7:08:23 AM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: SeekAndFind

In NYC, the taxes on a hotel room can add up to more than the cost of the room. This isn’t about anything more than Democrat government greed.


7 posted on 05/16/2018 7:27:44 AM PDT by bk1000 (I stand with Trump)
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To: Rurudyne
Airbnb in New York City also takes advantage of a huge government racket -- where people living in rent-controlled apartments turn around and rent them out as Airbnb hosts.

In other words, New Yorkers actually LOVE to live under an iron-fisted regulatory state ... but only when it works in their favor.

8 posted on 05/16/2018 7:42:13 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's.")
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To: AppyPappy

AirBnb can be a disaster for neighbors-——some regulation is needed.

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9 posted on 05/16/2018 7:45:56 AM PDT by Mears
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To: Alberta's Child

Some years ago I poked fun at rent controls and similar steps meant to help fight WW2 in a Transformers fanfic that I’ve got online. Only instead of a few decades it was many hundreds of thousands of years later and a Rents Riot in protest against the high rents that later residents of Iacon had to pay because earlier ones had artificially low rents was sets forth as an important event that would eventually lead to the Autobot - Decepticon schism. Though in the novels it was just part of a conversation.

Genesis: http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/threads/transformers-genesis.157453/

Forgotten Wars: http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/threads/transformers-forgotten-wars.157685/

The Hall of Dead Gods (set after the G1 cartoon): http://www.tfw2005.com/boards/threads/the-hall-of-dead-gods.158130/


10 posted on 05/16/2018 8:02:22 AM PDT by Rurudyne (Standup Philosopher)
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To: Alberta's Child
Having said that, I'm kind of surprised New York City even feels a need to regulate Airbnb out of existence. I believe something like 70% of the housing units in NYC are in rental apartment buildings, co-ops and condominiums, and I'm willing to bet Airbnb violates the lease terms and/or deed restrictions in nearly 100% of those buildings.

In a perfect world, landlord's, condo boards, and co-op boards, would self-regulate Airnb out of business through litigation against the hosts who violate the express terms of their residencies by renting out their units on a short term basis. But that would require an army of lawyers to make a dent, which would over-run the court system, and increase rents and commons charges to cover the litigation costs for a legal process that could take months if not years. And landlords who own rent controlled buildings would have to absorb the costs into their already low margins.

Ask yourself this: If you spent thousands of dollars to rent or a million plus dollars to buy a nice unit is a respectable building, would you want a new set of neighbors every few days monopolizing elevators, dragging luggage through the hallways at all hours of the day and night, running up an down the hallways at all hours, allowing doors to slam at all hours, littering in the common areas, etc. After having to go through multiple background checks and interviews to rent or buy a unit in the building, do you want to live next to people - even for a couple of days -- that have not been vetted and could be prostitutes, pedophiles, fall-down drunks, drug addicts, spring break college students, Eurotrash, or just plain creepy?

11 posted on 05/16/2018 8:29:08 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: Labyrinthos

I agree with you. I’m just trying to figure out why the NY Post would go out of its way to support people who have no legal leg to stand on in what they’re doing — on any number of different counts.


12 posted on 05/16/2018 8:58:52 AM PDT by Alberta's Child ("I saw a werewolf drinking a pina colada at Trader Vic's.")
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To: SeekAndFind

New York City does not need to do anything. Sooner or later insurance underwriters will make it clear that if you are using your residence as an AirBNB you a will not be covered because now you have a commercial business. They will charge higher premiums along with demanding fire and accessibility codes be met to lower exposure to liability. Then it will not make economic sense to keep running one.

A way to avoid this might be to come up with innovative time-share plans.


13 posted on 05/16/2018 9:27:01 AM PDT by lastchance (Credo.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Why do local pols really want to crack down? To please hotel-industry fatcats and unions that detest Airbnb competition — and donate heavily to the pols’ campaigns. Politico reports that the Hotel Trades Council forked over nearly $100,000 during the 2017 election cycle.

unethical immoral libs

14 posted on 05/16/2018 9:29:41 AM PDT by 1Old Pro
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To: SeekAndFind

What person who has scrimped and saved to buy their own home—whether that be a single family house or a co-op apartment—wants the neighbors to be an ever-changing group of transients with no investment in the community and nothing to govern their behavior impacting your home’s livability? AirBnB is a plague unleashing a swarm of destructive uncaring bums on neighborhoods and should be abolished.


15 posted on 05/16/2018 9:37:21 AM PDT by EinNYC
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To: Alberta's Child

I realized that after I posted.


16 posted on 05/16/2018 10:39:51 AM PDT by Labyrinthos
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To: EinNYC

“AirBnB is a plague unleashing a swarm of destructive uncaring bums on neighborhoods and should be abolished.”


Agreed.

We had a couple of nasty incidents here in MA,both in single family,residential.neighborhoods.

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17 posted on 05/16/2018 10:43:31 AM PDT by Mears
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