NY Hotels Upset Over More Efficient 'Home' Competition; Gets Politicians To Try To Outlaw Such Things
from the not-this-again dept
But, of course, that upsets the hotels, which have their high prices and don't like the competition. So, it seems they've convinced politicians to try to effectively outlaw the practice:
This week, New York state senators vote on a bill that would make it illegal for any homeowner or renter to sublet for less than a month. The new law would be a blanket ban on short-term rentals -- no matter how ethical the renter is.Of course, as we always see with these types of laws, the politicians couch them in terms of the need for regulation for things like "protecting tax revenue" or "safety standards." But, of course, there are plenty of other ways to deal with those issues outside of outlawing the practice entirely. The reality of the situation is that the internet has made it so that people can be more efficient in things like transportation or short-term housing, and the old guard doesn't like it one bit, so they come up with regulations like these to outlaw it, even though it greatly harms the public, who get more out of using such services.