New York CIty Council Member Ben Kallos

Crain's Insider Airbnb resists restriction and inspection of short-term rentals by Natalie Sachmechi

Airbnb resists restriction and inspection of short-term rentals

But Airbnb and its hosts, as well as other critics of the city’s plan, say the bill’s restrictions are confusing and onerous. The restrictions will make it more difficult for people who depend on rental income to list their home, they added. 

The bill includes a requirement that hosts have an architect or engineer inspect their property for safety and notarize a certificate—which is an expensive process and doesn’t exist for Airbnbs anywhere else on the continent, said Alexandra Dagg, regional policy director for the company. 

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