Monday, July 19, 2010

Are Those Illegal "Settlements" There In New York City?

Caught this:-

A Bill to Stop Illegal Hotels, and a Protest

When the State Legislature recently passed a bill meant to stop the use of residential apartments as hotel rooms, tenant advocates and some elected officials spoke favorably of the measure, saying it would end a dangerous and unregulated practice.

Yet...demonstrators said they owned or worked at hostels or single-room-occupancy establishments that they feared would be harmed if the proposal became law.

“We provide jobs; we collect revenue; we pay our hotel occupancy tax,” said Ronnie Oved, who owns Central Park Hostel and Hotel 99, both on the Upper West Side. “And we bring people to the city.”

The bill, which was passed by the State Senate on June 24 and by the Assembly on July 1, would amend the city’s multiple dwelling law and the administrative code to remove what lawmakers described as ambiguities in the current rules that allowed landlords to convert apartments in residential buildings into way stations for transient visitors.

Under the proposed rules, such apartments could not be rented for less than 30 days...more than 300 buildings in New York City had residential units that had been turned into rooms rented for short periods...

Ronnie Oved? An Israeli?

Oiy vey. ;->)

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