June 16, 2016
Tompkins County’s value to Airbnb is far eclipsed by that of New York City, where Airbnb has a much tougher road to hoe. Right now, Albany is considering a bill forbidding the advertising of illegal Airbnb rentals in New York City (in the five boroughs, unlike in Tompkins County, units in multi-family buildings cannot be rented for fewer than 30 days unless the landlord is also on the premises.) Its efforts to make inroads statewide in New York have been frustrated by New York City-based institutional opposition, in the form of unionized hotel workers, real estate interests, allied politicians and affordable housing activists concerned that hosts are depleting the stock of affordable housing for more lucrative short-term rentals….
Source: http://www.politico.com/states/new-york/albany/story/2016/06/tompkins-county-and-airbnb-reach-first-in-state-tax-agreement-102957