The next is an expanded model of the second merchandise from my “Albany Insider” column from Monday’s print editions:
The state Independence Social gathering is opposing a pro-Airbnb invoice that might enable short-term leases in New York Metropolis flats.
The invoice, which Airbnb helped write, is sponsored by Assemblyman Joseph Lentol (D-Brooklyn), and Sen. John Bonacic (R-Orange County).
In a memo opposing the invoice, the Independence Social gathering says the present regulation prohibiting metropolis residents in condo buildings from renting their items for lower than 30 days “helped to stabilize the New York Metropolis housing market and freed up a lot wanted reasonably priced housing.”
One supply mentioned the transfer might bolster Airbinb opposition by Senate Republicans, who’re near the Independence Social gathering.
Airbnb’s Josh Meltzer mentioned the celebration ought to have reached out earlier than taking a place on a invoice “that might affect tens of 1000’s of New Yorkers.”
“If that they had, they might know that the Lentol/Bonacic invoice really helps common New Yorkers afford to remain of their houses and provides enforcement businesses the instruments they should give attention to the true dangerous actors,” Meltzer mentioned.
The invoice would enable condo dwellers to lease out their items for lower than 30 days.
It will additionally prohibit short-term rental hosts from having multiple itemizing in New York Metropolis on a home-sharing website, impose a compulsory registration system for hosts within the metropolis, and would bar hosts who’ve repeated state or metropolis violations.
Critics of Airbnb say it has led to the creation of unlawful lodges and brought away from the town’s reasonably priced housing inventory.
A invoice sponsored by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) and opposed by Airbnb would require anybody promoting condo items in New York Metropolis on home-sharing websites to incorporate full location particulars, together with avenue identify, avenue quantity, condo quantity, borough, city and county of the unit being provided.