September 13, 2016
In New York City, it’s illegal in many cases to rent out your apartment to travelers. Yet one group of dwellings is widely believed to be exempt from enforcement: one- and two-family homes. WNYC has learned that belief is mistaken: New York City has quietly been invoking decades-old codes to fine private homeowners who use home-sharing services like Airbnb. If you have a Park Slope brownstone or an Astoria row house, and you’ve heard it’s all right to rent out your home to tourists, consider yourself warned. You too could get a knock on the door from an inspector, followed by an expensive ticket….