Booking websites like AirBnB have made it easier to find a cheap place to stay while traveling. It’s also easier, however, to book yourself into a bad situation.
In New York City, it’s against the law for landlords to lease an apartment in a building with three units or more for less than 30 days to transient visitors. According to state law, even renting out just one unit for a short term stay is considered illegal hotel activity. When the city shuts down an illegal hotel, guests can find themselves on the street.