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AirBnB - to book or not?

Disley
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AirBnB - to book or not?

Hi everyone,

We are travelling to NY in October and are considering booking an apartment rental through AirBnB. We have just read some peoples concerns but the comments that we have found are a few years old. Can anyone give us some up to date advice as to whether its a good option or not, especially from those people who have used this service?

Alternatively, can anyone suggest any other hotels that don't cost a fortune in an area that you can access good transport links etc?

Thanks,

Rachel

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1. Re: AirBnB - to book or not?

Short term apartment rentals are illegal in NYC, so not.

If you want help finding a hotel, post dates, arrival airport, number of beds needed and desired budget.

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2. Re: AirBnB - to book or not?

Very recent

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g60763-i5-k7142999…

Also from the FAQ's on the right side of TA

tripadvisor.com/…49717670

tripadvisor.com/Travel-g60763-c147344/New-Yo…

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3. Re: AirBnB - to book or not?

Hi,

Thanks. We are arriving on the 29th October for 4 nights, 2 people, one bedroom, Newark airport. Our budget is approx £600.

Any help would be great. Thanks again.

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4. Re: AirBnB - to book or not?

Book a hotel and avoid illegal Air B&B

nywhiz is the hotel expert and will likely be able to make some suggestions.

You can take AirTrain Newark / NJ Transit right into New York Penn Station for $12.50 USD per adult. There is a very nice new Fairfield Inn by Marriott very close to Penn Station. There is also the New Yorker and the Affinia - all are excellent choices.

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5. Re: AirBnB - to book or not?

Your budget is low for something decent in Manhattan at below $1000 inc taxes for 4 nights. You could book Country inn and suites at a cancellable rate of $140 plus taxes but it's not very convenient as you arrive into Newark. At least it could be a back up plan. Then keep looking out for hotels you like in Manhattan within your budget as it gets closer to the time.

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6. Re: AirBnB - to book or not?

As long as the primary occupant stays in the apartment ..... It is LEGAL to rent a room in that apartment.

The only concern is that the landlord/leasing company must have approved of subletting the room in the apartment.

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7. Re: AirBnB - to book or not?

You could try bidding on Priceline but don't do it before reading betterbidding.com.

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8. Re: AirBnB - to book or not?

Idrinkwater, that's not the only concern. Also at issue are questions of proper portioning of the rent, which could render a nightly stay with a host illegal under rent control and stabilization laws.

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9. Re: AirBnB - to book or not?

While the forum used to repeatedly say that it was legal if the primary occupant was in the apartment, that was awhile ago. It's now a very grey area. Court rulings and fines, which were ultimately dropped, but still provided a judicial interpretation of the intent of the law, which was not favorable to apartment residents renting space to unknown travelers.

In addition to city laws, and rent control laws, there may also be lease agreements, homeowners or condo association rules, etc that prohibit such arrangements. This can mean that deals fall through at the last minute as the occupants illicit business gets discovered.

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10. Re: AirBnB - to book or not?

Funny story happened this summer....

I live in Brooklyn(Boerum Hill.) A neighbor(homeowner) down the block was renting out her garden/parlor floor duplex to a couple while she was living upstate. She would come to the house once/twice a week to get her mail.

The people who were renting her place traveled a lot. So they decided to sub-lease....without her(owner) knowing. They put the listing online(actually believe it was Airbnb) and got a few "sub tenants" when they were away(without her aka owner knowing.)

She happened to come for her mail one day(she would come at lunchtime as she works in lower Manhattan) and bumped into a sub tenant....and asked...."Who are you?" Sub tenant told her the story. She ended up not only asking the sub tenant to leave...but also the original tenants as it violated the lease....The sub-tenant was a tourist that came from overseas.....and they were stuck having to leave the very next day(neighbor was nice.)

The apartment was 90% furnished so the issue was not only breaking the terms of the lease..but having someone who she didn't know staying and using her stuff(including her bed...)