New York City is hovering the microscope over homeowners leasing short-term rentals, even targeting one- and two-family homes.
After new laws were introduced in 2010 to crack down on the explosion of in-house hotels through sites like Airbnb, which normally targeted larger buildings, the city has in recent years turned its attention to even smaller short-term rentals, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Amid the crackdown, the city is focusing on a strict standard that makes it illegal to rent out an entire house or unit for less than 30 days. For example, this prohibits internal locks on doors to divide the unit and requires the owner to live-in the unit.
Since 2015, at least 193 owners of one- or two-family homes have been issued a $2,500 violation requiring a fire alarm system fit for a hotel, according to the report. This is startling to small-time hosts, considering no fire-alarm violations were issued in 2014. Of the violations issued since 2016, the mayor’s office said 20 percent have been to one- and two-family homes.
The city has also bolstered the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement, which issues the violations, by almost sixfold. Its budget has risen to $6.45 million and staff has increased from 11 to 48 since June 2015.