EXCLUSIVE: New York politicians work to ban Airbnb advertising, stamp out illegal hotels

ALBANY - In a bid to crack down on Airbnb, state legislators are preparing a bill that would prohibit hosts from advertising illegal units, the Daily News has learned.

Under the bill, anyone advertising apartments in violation of a 2010 hotel state law that bars the renting out of units for less than 30 days could face fines.

If passed, New York would become the first state to enact such a law.

Assembly bill sponsor Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) said the bill makes sense since the main way an apartment can be illegally rented is by advertising it on home-sharing sites like Airbnb or in newspapers, magazines, TV, flyers and direct mail.

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