Critics want illegal hotels crackdown 

June 02, 2008 08:54AM

Critics of illegal hotels are calling for the state and city to pass legislation that would crack down on the practice, following a government report that said more than 200 Manhattan buildings are illegally housing tourists. City Council Member Daniel Garodnick said the practice creates an incentive for landlords to push out tenants. The Illegal Hotels Working Group report also stated that over 20 buildings have unfairly benefited from $188 million in affordable housing tax abatements. Landlords can make thousands of dollars a night but risk only a single $800 fine, the report said. 

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