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Say No to Hotel Rentals and Bedbugs in Your Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village Building

Despite heart-warming ads claiming that the extra income from Airbnb’s short-term rentals pay medical bills and put kids through college, their short-term (less than 30-day stay) model in New York City is largely illegal. New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman published a report in October of 2014 finding that almost 75% of Airbnb rentals violated one or more NYC rental, zoning, or other laws. Commercial operators, not hard-luck residents, supply more than a third of the units and generate more than a third of the revenue. At least a handful of landlords are running what amount to illegal hotels.

The New York City Council is holding a hearing on this matter and we need tenants to attend.

City Council Oversight Hearing:
Short Term Rentals - Stimulating the Economy or Destabilizing Neighborhoods?
When: Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Where: City Hall, 10:00 AM in the City Council Chamber.

Airbnb and other companies like it are a direct threat to regulated tenants because vacated apartments are worth much more as short-term tourist rentals than as long-term tenant rentals. Landlords have been quick to realize this, and there are signs that our already tight housing market is suffering as a result.

Short-term renters strain our infrastructure and create safety hazards. You don’t know who is coming and going or who you’re riding with in the elevator. Trash is left in inappropriate places—a health and fire hazard. A revolving door of short-term stayers increases the chances of bed bug infestations, and unwelcome noise, among other problems.

Moreover, rent-stabilized tenants lured by quick and easy money may risk eviction and the loss of their apartments to vacancy decontrol, further diminishing the number of affordable apartments.

Tuesday’s hearing is expected to be packed with Airbnb supporters. Come join us and testify as to why Airbnb should not be allowed short-term stays in rent-regulated residential complexes. Provide 20 double-sided copies of your testimony.

If you can’t attend, you can provide written testimony, addressed to Honorable Jumaane D. Williams, Chair, Committee on Housing and Buildings. Email your testimony to Yonah Lieberman, of Met Council On Housing at: "yonah" at domain, metcouncilonhousing dot org. Or, to learn more, contact him by phone at (347) 327-3236.

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