Dear Legislative Member ,
I am writing to urge your support for bill numbers S4263.A/A8175.A introduced by Senator Golden and Assembly member Meng to clarify provisions relating to occupancy of class A multiple dwellings. I am an operator of a Class A Multiple Dwelling Unit located in NYC that I currently use for short-term vacation rentals.
This Act will restore and redefine the short-term vacation rental industry, an industry that has played an important role in New York State tourism. The Act will permit specific vacation rental operators in Class A Multiple Dwellings to continue to operate without being in violation of the permanent residency requirements now found in the Multiple Dwelling Law. The Act further establishes a permit system that will regulate the industry, enhance safety and insurance requirements, ensure the appropriate collection of taxes, establish licensing fees, and provide safe-guards to protect against bad actors.
The vacation rental industry must not be confused with single room occupancy hotels (“SROs”) and not with illegal hostels that have been in the press recently. The vacation rental industry has gone to great lengths to ensure that their units are in compliance with building and health code requirements. The Act provides further protection to ensure that SROs will be unable to use this legislation to continue to operate. The Act requires that a vacation rental unit is a unit that does not provide single room occupancy and that the unit contains a bathroom and a kitchen.
The short-term vacation rental industry has been an important aspect of the New York economy for years, as it has been in major tourist destinations around the country and the globe, providing an alternative option to hotel rentals for tourists, families coming for extended stays to New York, business people on prolonged business trips and family members visiting loved ones in NYC hospitals. The vacation rental industry brings important tourism dollars to the local economy from many people that would not otherwise visit the city if the option of staying in an apartment was not available. As you probably know, the prices of hotels in NYC are the highest in the country and hotel space is limited making hotel stays of over 2 or 3 days not an option for most families or people on extended stays.
My colleagues and I are not running a hostel, or a noisy space for backpacking students but rather well run, safe and well maintained apartment units for families and respectable visitors.
I thank you in advance for your consideration of this important bill. I would be happy to discuss with you about the implications of this legislation for the Vacation Rental industry. I urge you to carefully look at this issue and consider providing it your support.