Law­mak­ers’ re­port finds crowded Airbnb rentals

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - OBITUARIES -

AL­BANY (AP) >> A re­port on New York City Airbnb rentals has found cases of air mat­tresses in kitchens, bunk beds in din­ing ar­eas and list­ings for up to 32 peo­ple, show­ing the need for tighter rules on the pop­u­lar on­line home rental ser­vice, ac­cord­ing to the two state law­mak­ers who is­sued the anal­y­sis.

The study, from Demo­cratic Sens. Jef­frey Klein and Diane Savino, looked at ad­ver­tise­ments for 110 rentals of­fer­ing space for 13 or more peo­ple. Klein, who’s from the Bronx, said some of the rentals were un­safe and in vi­o­la­tion of state and city hous­ing codes. Ac­cord­ing to the re­view, most of the 110 ad­ver­tise­ments of­fered space for 16 or more peo­ple, de­spite rules cap­ping oc­cu­pancy at 16.

“We must take leg­isla­tive ac­tion to pre­vent po­ten­tial tragedy that could oc­cur from il­le­gally pack­ing peo­ple into spa­ces and hold sites like Airbnb ac­count­able,” said Klein, who leads a group of sen­a­tors known as the In­de­pen­dent Demo­cratic Con­fer­ence.

Klein and other law­mak­ers have ex­pressed con­cerns about Airbnb al­low­ing land­lords and prop­erty own­ers to turn their prop­er­ties into un­li­censed ho­tels, hurt­ing ex­ist­ing com­mer­cial ho­tels while po­ten­tially tak­ing af­ford­able apart­ments off the mar­ket.

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