While the vast majority of New York’s Airbnb hosts have managed to skirt the law prohibiting short-term sublets , it appears the city is taking a harder stance when it comes to the matter of slapdash Brooklyn roof rentals.
Last week, the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement issued up to $55,000 in fines to the owner of a DUMBO building after inspectors found five illegally constructed residential rooms on the building’s roof. Three of those five units were occupied by tourists from London, Minneapolis and Massachusetts, all of whom had responded to a since-deleted Airbnb listing. One occupant was reportedly sleeping when inspectors burst into the room (apparently with cameras flashing).
Each of the guests paid between $125 and $150 for the private rooms, which included a washer, dryer, separate utility room and access to a “rooftop hallway.” The city found that the Airbnb host, one Isaac Amar, had allegedly listed the rooftop units on five separate occasions, and received 40 reviews—most of them positive.
“With illegal construction, including dangerous and unpermitted gas and electrical hookups, the property owner and an Airbnb host […]