WFUV Sound off on Illegal Hotels by Stephanie Colombini

Sound off on Illegal Hotels
Stephanie Colombini

A New York City lawmaker wants to make it easier for New Yorkers to sound off about illegal hotels.  City Council Member Ben Kallos sent a letter to city officials today urging them to add a specific category for filing these kinds of complaints to the 3-1-1 call directory and mobile app.  "I like to say we're fighting tech with tech.  If you're using Air BnB online and see you're building's on there, you should be able to use the 3-1-1 website to report someone's renting your building." Kallos says illegal hotels can be a threat to affordable housing as well as a safety hazard.  And he says 311 complaints lead to necessary inspections and fines. Download the Clip

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