Pre-crime returns to America with new Airbnb law
By Simon Black - October 24, 2016

The law specifically targets New York City homeowners in apartment buildings who advertise their properties, or even just a spare room in their homes, to rent for less than 30 days at a time.

It’s important to note that New York already passed a law a few years ago making it illegal to rent your home out to short-term tenants.

This new law makes it illegal to ADVERTISE… which is basically pre-crime.

Now you don’t even need to commit the egregiously criminal act of renting out your home to a nightly traveler.

Simply informing the public that you’re thinking about it is enough to get slammed with a major fine.

Violations carry a penalty of up to $7,500, dramatically higher than New York’s penalty for reckless driving (up to $300) and even higher than the fine for driving while intoxicated (between $500 and $5,000).

I’m sure we can all sleep more soundly tonight knowing that the courageous politicians of New York are keeping the streets safe from nefarious criminal terrorists trying to earn a few extra bucks from their own private properties.

It’s ironic that New York City already has one of the highest hotel occupancy rates in the world, in excess of 90% in some parts of the city like Times Square.

(Which makes New York one of the only places in the world where a 2-star fleabag like the Comfort Inn can command rates between $249 and $429/night.)

So websites like Airbnb fill an obvious market need.

Last year alone, Airbnb generated $451 million for New York City property owners who rented their apartments or spare rooms to short-term travelers.

That’s 451 million reasons to continue allowing Airbnb to operate in the city.

Everyone wins. Hotels still have high occupancy. Property owners generate supplementary income. Travelers have a better experience in the city. And politicians get their tax slice of $451 million.

But now they’ve screwed up a perfectly good thing that was creating plenty of benefit.

Naturally, they’re citing ‘public safety’ as their primary justification. They can get away with anything if has to do with safety and security.

The text of the legislation states that they must “ensure that all buildings comply with fire, building and other safety codes relative to their class.”

Right. Because renting your apartment to a retired couple who flew into town to see Hamilton means that the entire building will burn down to the ground?

This is really some next level logic.

Driving home the political delusion, State Senator Liz Krueger released a statement in favor of the law, calling it

“a huge victory for regular New Yorkers over the interests of a thirty-billion dollar corporation.”

(Big Sister Krueger also encourages New Yorkers to rat each other out to the authorities should they find one of their neighbors violating the law.)

If this person actually had a clue about anything, she’d realize that Airbnb has NEVER generated a profit and has lost billions of dollars since it was founded.

So this ‘victory’ is against the regular New Yorkers she claims to protect– ordinary people who use the site to generate extra income and help make ends meet in one of the most expensive cities in the world.

Now those people will lose their extra income, and the government will lose the tax revenue it would have generated.

With the stroke of a pen, New York has gone from a win/win scenario to a lose/lose scenario. It’s genius!

More importantly, these politicians are proving to the world, and to the next generation of entrepreneurs, that when you try to do something useful and innovative, you will be penalized.

With stupidity like this so pervasive in government, it’s no wonder why the productive and entrepreneurial spirit is being crushed in the Land of the Free.

Research from the US Department of Commerce shows that the startups in the United States, as a percentage of the total number of businesses in the economy, are at the lowest level since the 1970s.

And this figure has been in terminal decline for decades.

The same Commerce Department data show that fewer jobs are being created by startups than ever before.

Unsurprisingly, GDP growth in the United States has also stalled.

And productivity has actually been declining for the past three quarters.

These are all related stories: when a broken system and out-of-touch political class make it more difficult for people to produce, prosperity suffers.

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  • spdlf

    I used AirBnb and I would never go back to a corporate roach hotel ever again. You do your homework like you would before traveling to any destination. It’s simple: real people and real places versus corporate drones and cookie-cutter rooms where gods only knows what went on. Of course AirBnb hosts can have the same drama but at least they f#%king own it.

    AirBnb, Uber, etc. all these upstart venture capitalist ideas actually belong to average joes and janes in thousands upon thousands of separate small businesses everywhere but like the DB mentioned it’s up dangerously stupid idiots like Krueger and other corporate fascists to crush the American entrepreneurial spirit as hard as possible.

    Boy I would like to invest in some new ideas but after getting almost of third of my income stolen from me including bonuses every year, my retirement held hostage in the phony rigged casino game called Wall St, my savings eaten away by inflation and debasement of the currency, and my needs like new housing, transportation, food, and maintenance inflated beyond my reach so options become more limited by the year or choose to go into debt. Middle class sure is a raw deal these days..

    I hope the mentally stunted and inbred owners of America realize someday soon you can’t lend your fake money or have people consume your poisoned products if we’re all huddling together in camps or on welfare.

    • Mstrjack

      AirBnB is friggin awesome. Get to know your hosts. They are real people.

    • SnakePlissken

      You should buy gold. Get your money away from those Wall St. thieves.

  • Praetor

    I’d call these people communist but communist are smarter. Small business in the U.S. is dead concept. The sooner a burning building collapse in on itself the sooner the fire is put out and the clean-up rebuilding can begin. This the system in the U.S. today, its on fire and needs to collapse!!!

  • StarValentine

    This is America, who has welcomed George Soros, the man who has stated he wished to end it and everything it stood for and its citizens stand for. His goals are the eradication of the family unit, religion, democracy, and national sovereignty, in direct contravention to the desires of the people, and yet he has free reign, and consults the leadership.
    So America is suicidal. That’s really all you need to know. It explains everything. It will only get much, much worse. The government is now in full Caligula mode. We’re all just “throats to cut,” as he said. It despises us, in no small part for allowing it to do what it does to us. Those are the plain facts.

  • Scott

    I used AirBnB several times in its first few years, but now the pricing has become just less than a hotel might be. That said, it’s outrageous to ban renting your home/room, or even the advertising of same. F New York, and hopefully the ban does not spread.

  • Me Again

    Hate cities….all of them, anywhere.

  • rahrog

    It is time for a revolution. In America that means freeing the Spirit of the 1770’s.
    & stay the hell out of cities

  • roc balie

    Is he(it) authorized to sell a room(chamber) of its house for some day

  • FreeYourMindinSC

    You think it’s bad now, wait’ll Hillary Rodham Clinton gets into the White House!

  • Katzenjammer

    Surely you must admit that Governor Cuomo and State Senator Krueger are working in the best interests of New Yorkers. For one this bill may save many New York property owners from falling into the sinful, parasitic state of rentier. Second, this measure will help preserve the health of NYC hotels, a few of whom, e.g. Comfort Inn, are struggling on a paltry $249 a night. Most importantly the bill again serves notice to NY citizens that their government is ever progressively striving to provide the greatest good for the greatest number, and to remind them that they are not part of the greatest number.

  • Samarami

    “…With stupidity like this so pervasive
    in government, it’s no wonder why
    the productive and entrepreneurial
    spirit is being crushed in the Land
    of the Free…”

    Long ago my AA sponsor (of soon to be 40 years) took me aside and said, “Sam — you’ll do OK with this undertaking if you’ll only remember one thing: never, ever try to make sense of anything you hear — particularly news items…” He is not one of us (I think he still votes in political elections), but he sensed something lo those many years ago that all of us should comprehend: Insanity Is the Social Norm.

    All I can recommend, my friends, is that you join me in Abstention From Beans. Sam

    • SnakePlissken

      Your vote can still help change things. If nothing else, just vote against all incumbents and vote ‘No’ on all ballot measures. Even if they say it’s for a good thing, they’re usually lying.

      • Samarami

        “…Working within the system
        means to become a part of the system.
        When you go into the voting booth,
        the only meaningful significance
        that your action will have
        is to show that one more person
        supports the state…”

        ~Mark Davis

        From “BeFree”, by Mark Davis July 10, 2005.

      • john d

        Brilliant idea couldn’t get any worse☺

  • SnakePlissken

    If you want to stay in a more personal and intimate environment, more power to you. I prefer the impersonal hotels where you can hang out at the hotel bar, pick up a hooker, and the staff leaves you alone.

  • Anon.

    Is car insurance a pre crime law?

  • Don Duncan

    I look forward to the day when a politician tries to justify something as promoting “safety and security”, and he is booed. No violence is needed to achieve freedom from oppression, just enlightenment. When superstition no longer cripples cognitive analysis, the political parasites will be powerless.

    In the short run, all bad laws benefit TPTB. In the long run, the whole rotten mess will self destruct. And the main responsibility will lie with the victims who supported their own exploitation.

  • esqualido

    So just advertise for a 30 day rental but charge what you would have for the 1-2 nights. It’s not your fault if they leave early.

  • blueHawk

    I heard this was passed in order to protect the jobs that hotels and hostels provide. Is this not true?

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