New York City Raids Condo Building in Crackdown on Airbnb Rentals

I invite any system-lovers who may be reading to explain exactly how it is that we don’t live in a police state.

By Josh Barnabel

Wall Street

A team of New York City law-enforcement officers swarmed a Manhattan condominium last month, issuing 27 notices of violations for illegal hotel use in one of the largest crackdowns on short-term rentals such as those listed on Airbnb.

The raid at the Atelier, a 46-story Midtown luxury tower, may be a sign of what’s to come. New York and other cities are seeking to limit short-term rentals that can run afoul of local laws designed to limit hotel-style stays in residential buildings.


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  1. Here’s an outline link, no paywall:

    I actually joked about how Airbnb would go out of business one of two ways: 1) the police would put them out of business, or 2) customer dies in a fire on a property that doesn’t meet fire safety requirements and Airbnb doesn’t survive the fallout.

    “may be a sign of what’s to come”

    May be an understatement.

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