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New York short-term apartment rentals to become illegal
According USA Today, Paterson says the new law:
"... fixes problems caused by illegal hotels and improves quality of life in traditional residential apartment buildings, while also meeting the needs of visitors. By removing a legal gray area and replacing it with a clear definition of permanent occupancy, the law will allow enforcement efforts that help New Yorkers who live in SRO units and other types of affordable housing preserve their homes."
Mayor Michael Bloomberg came out in support of the law, USA Today continues:
"When housing designated for permanent occupancy is illegally converted into a hotel, unsafe conditions are created, the residential character of City neighborhoods is harmed and the supply of much-needed units of housing is depleted," added New York Mayor Michael A. Bloomberg. "The bill provides a clear definition of what constitutes transient and permanent occupancy, which will allow City agencies to issue summonses and initiate other enforcement actions against illegal hotels."
What about everyone else, the tourists coming to visit and looking for cheap digs? You can always find bargain in New York ... well, almost. Your best bet is to read Melanie Nayer's stuff: she always has some great tips.
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