Airbnb To NY: We’ll Sue If You Pass New Home-Sharing Law

Home-sharing company Airbnb has threatened to sue New York if Gov. Cuomo signs off on a new home-sharing law that would establish heavy fines for tenants that host short-term rentals without being present. According to Fortune, Airbnb general counsel Rob Chestnut sent a letter to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo putting the State on notice that if he signs a recently proposed home-sharing law that clamps down on many short-term rentals, it will sue the state. As discussed in an earlier posting on The New York Law Blog, the New York Assembly and Senate passed a bill earlier this summer that would penalize tenants with heavy fines for advertising short-term rentals for less than 30 days in duration while they are not home. In another posting on The New York Law Blog, we discussed a recent case where the court determined that New York tenants in rent-controlled premises are already prohibited

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New York May Make Airbnb Short-Term Rentals Illegal: New York Rental Law Updates

New York may pass legislation by the end of the week making it illegal for New Yorkers to list short-term rentals on Airbnb. In a rare show of bipartisan support, a bill to ban Airbnb-style posts for short-term sublets could get floor votes on the floors of the New York State Assembly and New York State Senate this week.  If the Anti-AirBnB Law is signed into law, advertising short-term sublets or any use other than permanent residency of these sublets shall be illegal in New York. The legislation seems focused on commercial users of Airbnb who turn their residences into illegal and unregulated hotels. Under these new New York laws, the liability for advertising short-term rentals would shift from building owners to the renters and those who place the advertisements on sites like Airbnb, with penalties ranging from $1,000 for a first offense to $7,500 for third and subsequent violations.

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