May 25, 2017

North Brooklyn Landlords Face No Fines in Crackdown on Short-Term Rentals



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Sixteen landlords face $284,000 in fines for advertising short-term rentals. EAST WILLIAMSBURG — Not a single East Williamsburg landlord has been fined by the city during three months of enforcement of a new law to crack down on illegal hotel operators , despite earlier estimates that more short-term rentals were located there than any other neighborhood.

Officials have targeted 16 landlords in other parts of the city, slapping them with $284,000 worth of summonses since the end of January, when the state law — which makes advertising short-term apartment rentals online illegal — went into effect, data obtained from the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement shows.

But none were in East Williamsburg, though the neighborhood was estimated to have the most short-term apartment rentals listed on Airbnb.

“This is likely a lack of enforcement,” said neighborhood City Councilman Antonio Reynoso , who has been a vocal critique of Airbnb and other housing share sites that allow people to rent out full apartments for less than 30 days, which is illegal in New York City.

“They make property in Williamsburg so rare that they raise the market value on everything around them,” he said, adding he’ll ask the city to take a closer look […]

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