NY lawmakers to try again with new rules for Airbnb

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State lawmakers in New York proposed new rules for regulating home-sharing platforms such as Airbnb that would replace regulations that cracked down on short-term rentals in New York City.

The legislation introduced in Albany would ban short-term rentals in affordable housing or rent-stabilized units and limit city residents to listing a single property on home-sharing sites.

It would also require Airbnb, HomeAway and other similar platforms would register the names of hosts with the state and collect occupancy taxes on behalf of the city and state.

It would replace current rules, under which people who rent out their entire home for fewer than 30 days can face hefty fines — though Airbnb’s opponents in New York say the rules are only intended to go after unscrupulous building owners who use home-sharing sites to operate de facto hotels.

The fight over regulating Airbnb has played out over several years in Albany as the San Francisco-based company and its hosts have pushed back against rules supported by a hotel worker union and critics who say short-term rentals reduce the availability of affordable housing.

The current rules treat New York City differently from other municipalities, creating a patchwork of rules that has made enforcement difficult.

The two Democrats sponsoring the bill — Sen. James Skoufis and Assemblyman Joseph Lentol — say it balances the need for regulations with the reality that Airbnb is here to stay.

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