by Lisa A. Grimaldi | November 17, 2015
New York City is planning to spend $10 million over the next three years to crack down on illegal hotels in the city, according to press reports. Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration is giving the money -- which will be spread out over the next three years -- to the Mayor's Office of Special Enforcement, which goes after illegal hotels that advertise on sites like Airbnb.
The funds will be used to hire new staffers, launch state-of-the-art data tracking to find illegal operators, and a public awareness campaign to inform people about their rights under New York's strict hotel occupancy law. Currently, the statute forbids most people from renting out their apartments for fewer than 30 days, though people who own one- and two-family homes are exempt. The extra push is part of the city's aggressive new approach to cracking down on illegal hotels. Previously, the administration went after violators only when people complained.