New Yorkers Support Airbnb; Reject Proposed Restrictions

In May, a bill passed by the DeBlasio administration, as interpreted by the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement, will prevent almost all lawful and responsible Hosts from listing their homes at a time when New York families are navigating the rising cost of living. 

Airbnb Hosts from across New York City are asking City Hall to update the rules to allow for a regulatory framework that allows regular people to continue to share their homes and targets illegal hotel operators.

In fact, even the bill sponsor,  former council member Ben Kallos says that regular New Yorkers should be able to share their home at a time when many families are trying to keep up with the rising cost of living. Airbnb agrees regular New Yorkers should be able to share their home and not be targeted by City Hall.

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New Yorkers agree. A new poll found the majority of NYC voters support short-term rentals continuing in the city and believe New Yorkers should be allowed to share their homes. 

Some of the survey’s key findings:

  • 79% of NYC voters believe that Airbnb rentals should be allowed in private one and two family homes.
  • 65% of NYC voters believe that New Yorkers should be able to rent out their homes on Airbnb.
  • Only 5% of NYC voters believe that companies like Airbnb are one of the biggest causes of rising housing costs.