Brooklyn lawmaker calls for temporary ban on Airbnb and rentals

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A Brooklyn lawmaker is calling on Mayor Invoice de Blasio to quickly ban quick-time period rentals citywide, which include ones provided by Airbnb, saying he believes it would help stop the coronavirus from spreading further.

“Without any of the stringent cleaning criteria and protocols that common accommodations abide by, the means of short-time period rentals to go on to run beneath the radar provides a actual danger to our city,” Councilman Justin Brannan (D-Brooklyn) advised The Write-up Thursday.

Brannan’s request comes days just after Hoboken, NJ, banned shorter-time period rentals there.

“If we are going to do every little thing attainable to limit the unfold of the coronavirus, we need to temporarily stop all brief-phrase rentals from working here,” he stated.

“These houses just cannot be monitored, tracked or held to any of the exact community health and fitness and safety specifications that are so crucial at this time. They can not be authorized to carry on to function and set our communities in even better risk.”

Josh Meltzer, Head of Northeast Coverage for Airbnb, said the firm also believes it desires “to do everything doable to limit the unfold of coronavirus.” He included that with no people traveling to New York “Airbnb hosts across the city are opening up their homes for no cost to health-related personnel and some others who need safe destinations to continue to be and self-isolate in the vicinity of hospitals.”

He also explained Airbnb is performing with nonprofit organizations to uncover safer dwelling spaces for seniors trying to get to relocate and that it “continues to deliver robust cleaning direction to hosts in partnership with renowned epidemiologist Dr. Larry Brilliant.”

“At this moment, politics wants to be set apart — we all require to perform with each other to give the sources to start with responders will need to overcome this crisis, and shorter-expression rentals are currently enjoying a worthwhile job in doing just that,” Meltzer claimed.

Town Corridor did not quickly return a ask for for remark.