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More Kudos for City of New York’s Action Against Illegal Apartments

In September, we ran a post about New York’s crackdown on illegal hotel operators. We commended the City Council for substantially upping fines for building owners who convert permanent residences into illegal hotels.

This month, we have more good news about temporary housing in New York City. On October 23, as reported in the real estate magazine The Real Deal, the city filed a suit against an operator of short-term rental apartments in Manhattan and Brooklyn for deceptive trade practices.

The Mayor’s Office reported that the suit targets Smart Apartments, which the city accuses of housing tourists in apartment buildings that have been illegally converted. The city seeks $1 million in restitution and damages for visitors who were affected. What’s more, the city has barred Smart Apartments from operating or advertising in New York City.

Earlier this year, the media reported that the number of penalties directed against illegal landlords has spiked dramatically since the passage of the 2011 statewide legislation that curbs illegal hotels. So once again, we applaud Mayor Bloomberg and the City of New York for their attention and swift action against violators of this law.

The operation of illegal hotels and owner-rented properties is unsafe, and it jeopardizes the legitimate temporary housing industry. And as the Mayor’s Office notes, we’re nearing “another record-breaking year for tourism, [so] it is imperative that we are responsible in how we promote our City and welcome our visitors.”

Furnished Quarters is committed to helping to combat illegal hotel operations, and to providing top quality short-term rentals to offer tourists a wide range of premium housing choices. Contact us for the best short-term stays.

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