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NYC Rental Ban: Did Visiting New York Just Get More Expensive?

There’s a lot of buzz here in New York this week about a newly passed bill that makes renting an apartment for less than 30 days illegal. Other than possibly being a small triumph for hotels, it seems like a lose-lose law; certainly travelers looking for an affordable place to stay, and New Yorkers looking to rent out their places while they travel, are out of luck.

I’ve never rented out my apartment, preferring to remain in the good graces of co-ops and roommates, but I’ve stayed in rentals in other cities, and as a budget traveler, I wonder: what would I have done if the only option was a hotel? At times, most likely I would have skipped to the next destination. And that isn’t even in places where hotel rates come anywhere close to those in Manhattan.

Luckily, the law doesn’t touch home exchanges, so that’s still an option for anyone looking to live like a local. Of course, an exchange assumes that you’re open to opening up your own home—and that you have a desirable home to offer (i.e. no co-ops or roommates).

What do you think? Does this make you less likely to visit New York? Or is there a way you would get around the ban?

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Nathan Rodriguez Cuba

I don´t know how this kind of law get´s approved, as the only who benefits is the hotel system. Certainly people will choose other cities to visit.

Susan Kennedy

Is this even constitutional? Surely a persons right to ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness’ should ensure that they can do what they like with the property that they have toiled to pay for. That said, 30 days in NYC… you won’t be bored.


Where there is a will there is a way!

people will start renting for 30 days with the option to leave early.

Done !

Kathy Shaper

I could see how this may deter travelers from visiting smaller, less attractive cities, but for a city like NY, I don’t think this will affect travelers at all.

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