City and state government officials are cracking down on landlords who collect tax benefits for affordable housing incentives but don’t follow through on their obligations. This practice was one of the major criticisms of the 421-a tax incentive leveled by activists and city leaders in favor of repealing the rent laws that governed the incentive when they were up for renewal over the summer.
“Unscrupulous landlords” beware. This morning Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the creation of the Tenant Harassment Prevention Task Force at a press conference in Downtown Brooklyn.
After six months of combative back and forth, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and AirBNB have come to an agreement that will allow the apartment-rental site to turn over anonymized data regarding its users and out them by name only if they become the subject of an investigation.
Should Airbnb pay hotel taxes? The issue is still causing the kind of drama you wouldn’t want in your home — and lawmakers are now arguing that the service’s hosts, whose names they’re trying to get their hands on, are driving up rents for the rest of us.