Warning: Airbnb rentals are illegal in NYC, where the apartment owner or renter and the building landlord can face big fines. NYC regulations prohibit “illegal hotels”, defined as rooms or apartments rented for less than 30 days, unless the owners are inside the home while the guests stay there. That makes most Airbnb arrangements in NYC illegal, since most are for just a few nights, and usually when the apartment owner or renter is away.
According to hyperlocal NYC website DNAInfo, most recent court ruling against Airbnb arises from a case involving an East Village resident whose landlord faced $40,000 in fines for violating the city’s illegal transient hotel rules, after the resident rented out his apartment repeatedly on Airbnb. Nor surprisingly, San Francisco-based Airbnb is protesting the decision.
Airbnb has devoted users around the USA and overseas. NYCOTC just wants you to be aware that if you use Airbnb in NYC, you are breaking the law.