Short Term Apartment Rental in NYC

Old Nov 9th, 2011, 04:19 AM
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Short Term Apartment Rental in NYC

We will be in NYC for 3 nights in May, 2012, and have been looking at apartment rentals in Manhattan through airb&b.com and flatsofny.com. Both sites look like they have very good rates and good properties available. But just now I looked at the Fodor's info about short term apartment rentals in NYC and find they are illegal. Is this a new development? Can anybody shed more light on the situation? Any info about either of these sites?
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Old Nov 9th, 2011, 05:05 AM
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It is not really a new development but some law went into effect last year to make it easier to pursue violators. Something like that. I am sure you can google for more info.

Look for a regular hotel or an apartment hotel such as Affinia, etc. Unless you and whoever you will be going with plan to rent a room in an apartment where the owner is present it is unlikely you will find a legal apartment to rent.
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Not only are short-term rentals in NYC illegal, they are known to be fraudulent as well. Many renters have been disappointed. Do NOT pay a penny until you have SEEN the unit with your own eyes.
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Old Nov 9th, 2011, 05:23 AM
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As already stated, most apartment rentals in NYC for less than 30 days are illegal. Do not attempt to rent one. You will not only risk a chance of a scam, but could be kicked out on the street.

Check out these Apartment/Hotels:They are all perfectly legal:

Beacon
Radio City Apartments
Affinia.com
Best Western Hospitality
San Carlos
Kimberly
Salisbury
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If you go this route, just be especially careful. Many people do rent without incident, despite the fact that short-term rentals are illegal. But if something goes wrong, you have absolutely no legal recourse and will have to book an expensive hotel room at the last minute, possibly spending $300 or $400 a night. It's not a risk I would take. And the point about fraudulent rentals is an important one, though I think that affects places listed on Craigslist more than those on AirBnB. There are also some illegal "hotels" that cater to international tourists but offer unsafe lodging.
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Old Nov 9th, 2011, 08:40 AM
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There are practically no legal short-term rentals in Manhattn (they are legal only if someone is renting a room in their own private house - and there are very few of those - versus apt, co-ops and condos in Manhattan.)

Many of those on Craig's list are scams.

AirBnB is NOT a rental service. All they do is put a renter together with a person with a room to rent - and take a % off the top. They don't run any of these places. For info search below for the huge air bnb thread.
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Old Nov 9th, 2011, 10:29 AM
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There was a law passed that took effect on May 1, 2011 tightening restrictions on apt. rentals for less than 30 days. To that degree it's "new".
http://travel.usatoday.com/destinati...n-nyc/101054/1
http://www.governing.com/topics/poli...n-rentals.html

If you're looking for budget pricing, Priceline or Hotwire can be great for a short 3 day stay or maybe consider staying a train ride away from Manhattan in Long Island City (if you fly in/out of JFK or LGA) or Jersey City near a PATH train if you're using Newark.
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"AirBnB is NOT a rental service. All they do is put a renter together with a person with a room to rent - and take a % off the top."

Actually, they do not take a % off the top. They charge the renter a % of the fee paid to lessor/landlord/owner. The lessor/landlord/owner gets the full rental fee from renter.

A small difference but it does mean the renter pays both the rent to lessor and the fee to airbnb.
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