Illegal hotels have plagued New York City for more than a decade. The problem has reached critical mass with the arrival of Airbnb and other companies. We see cheery ads showing people sharing brunch with their house guests, but illegal hotel activities create problems for residents and tourists alike. For New Yorkers, illegal hotels can mean unsafe, disruptive and sometimes unsavory activities in their buildings, and exacerbate our housing crisis by taking thousands of affordable rent regulated units off the market. Residents also run a risk of eviction and violation of their leases and/or the bylaws of their coop/condo agreements.
Tourists run the risk of being ripped off by unscrupulous profiteers and risk their own safety, because the standards for residential buildings differ from hotel standards. Hotels require more comprehensive fire codes, sprinklers, and secondary egress.
Met Council on Housing invites you to join elected officials, tenants, and advocates for the kick off press conference and the announcement of a new coalition to stop illegal hotels in New York City on , at on the steps of City Hall.
Airbnb's major public relations and lobbying campaign aims to repeal or cripple New York's illegal hotel law. There is a new coalition forming to fight back, and we hope your organization can join it.
We need a big showing, and for lots of groups to endorse and join the coalition!
Please share this information widely.
What: Illegal Hotels Campaign Kickoff
Where: Steps of City Hall