Ch. 225 of 2010 makes it illegal for residential Class A buildings to have paying guests for less than 30 consecutive days in New York City. The spirit of the law is to protect tenants and tourists in New York City from illegal hotels that don't comply with local building, fire and housing codes. The law, which went into effect on May 1, 2011, was authored by State Senator Liz Krueger and Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried.
According to Assembly Member Gottfried, "It can be a real nightmare when the apartment next door is occupied by one transient after another. You have strangers coming and going at all hours, with noise, disruption and real safety concerns. For years, my office has received countless complaints from tenants living in residential buildings that are being used as hotels."
StayNYC bed & breakfasts cater to an established clientele who return year after year for visits to our neighborhoods, the city and short term accommodations they have come to know over the years. Each of our B&Bs meet the following requirements:
By contrast, many of the "illegal hotels" are mixed-use buildings that house both permanent apartments and hotel rooms for travelers. In addition, few of these "illegal hotels" were classified as small facilities operators by New York City and not all have been compliant with laws and paid the appropriate taxes.
No units in the members' buildings are rent regulated; therefore they are not termed affordable housing.
We are seeking an exemption because our members clearly manage their facilities differently.