April 26, 2016 by westsideneighborhoodalliance
Illegal hotels are affecting housing stock and prices not just in New York City, but in other cities here in the United States, and also cities abroad. Tiny inroads have been made to try to regulate these “home sharing” companies, but much more still needs to be done.
The city of San Francisco has been the leader when it comes to fighting for these rogue operations to be held accountable to the laws and regulations of cities where Airbnb, HomeAway, and others have had a negative impact on the housing stock, affordable housing, and rent prices.
San Francisco is proposing new laws to protect its citizens from the harmful effects of illegal hotels. In this article published in the San Francisco Chronicle, details are given about what the city wishes to propose to keep these companies from inflicting further damage on the housing crisis.
Although the proposals are a good step forward, a lot of it still depends on Airbnb, HomeAway, etc. policing themselves. If some kinks can be worked out with the proposals it seems like great strides will be made to curb the operation of illegal hotels.
If successful, will New York City follow the lead of San Francisco? Will New York City wait to see what happens with the situation in San Francisco before making moves, or will we try to devise our own laws to battle illegal hotels here in The Big Apple? Let us know what you think in the comments section. You be the judge.