A proposal that would outlaw online advertisements for short-term rentals on sites like Airbnb has cleared the New York state Senate by an overwhelming margin.
It’s already illegal to rent out apartments for less than 30 days in New York City.
Airbnb spokesman Josh Meltzer says state lawmakers “cut a last minute deal with the hotel industry” to pass the bill. He calls it “a bad proposal that will make it harder for thousands of New Yorkers to pay the bills.”
The bill sponsored by New York City Republican Sen. Andrew Lanza calls for heavy fines for violators. Lanza says the proposal is aimed at those who run illegal hotels in residential rental environments. He says the legislation doesn’t target homeowners or interfere with property rights.