September 27, 2016
“Fenton Lounge” first caught lawmakers’ notice in 2015. It was a two-bedroom house in the Bronx, New York, posted on home-rental site Airbnb that was touted as a party pad equipped with music and a stripper pole. After complaints from neighbors, Airbnb took down the listing. Then, a few months later, “Fenton Lounge 2.0” popped up. “Fenton Lounge 2.0” is the subject of a report (PDF) released Monday by New York state senators Jeff Klein and Diane Savino and senator-elect Marisol Alcantara. The report, “Tourist Tenements in the Making,” goes after certain Airbnb rentals. Rather than advertising itself as a party place, “Fenton Lounge 2.0” now just says it can accommodate up to 16 people, which is in violation of state and city housing codes. According to the report, “Fenton Lounge 2.0” is just one of 110 such listings throughout New York City….