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The initial phase of New York City Local Law 18, also known as the Short-Term Rental Registration Law, went into effect in New York City on Tuesday, September 5th, 2023.  Enforcement of Local Law 18 is expected to significantly reduce the number of illegal, short-term rental listings – i.e. listings for less than thirty (30) consecutive days – available in New York City, especially on major online booking platforms such as Airbnb and VRBO. 

Under the New York City Multiple Dwelling Law, it is illegal to rent out your apartment and/or home for less than 30 consecutive days, except in very limited circumstances.  For a short-term rental to be legal under the Multiple Dwelling Law, (i) no more than two (2) paying guests may be hosted at a single time, (ii) the host must maintain primary occupancy and reside in the dwelling unit during the stay, and (iii) the paying guests must have access to all parts of the listing, what is referred to as a “common household.” Continue Reading Goodbye to Airbnb in NYC?