Airbnb Under Fire In New York

009We manage two weekly rentals that we advertise on Airbnb and we have met some wonderful people, often from other countries, who have found us on their site.  Check out our Marco Island house and our 5th Avenue condo.  Also, when I travel I love to stay at places I find on Airbnb because it is so much nicer to have an apartment or studio to myself and not have the hassle of staying in a big hotel.

In Paris last year we had a studio apartment where we pulled out the bed at night walking distance to the Tuileries, Champs Elysee and the Eiffel Tower!  We could make our own breakfast or run to the Starbucks across the street for coffee and then head out for our day.  At night we could wander home DSC_0306when we were ready and our little apartment was waiting for us.

In London in September I stayed with my sister in a two bedroom two bath condo very close to Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament.  We could hear Big Ben chime from our bedrooms!  What a great location to explore the most fantastic city in the world.  Again we could enjoy our breakfast and our afternoon cocktail in our own condo but the City of London was spread around us for us to enjoy.  The Underground Station was a two minute walk away so we could go anywhere in London we wanted to.

My travels in Europe would not be the same if I had to spend all my time in hotel rooms and could not use Airbnb.  Now New York City is trying to make it impossible for people to list their properties on Airbnb and rent to out of town guests.  New York State attorney general Eric T Schneiderman has started a process to go after Airbnb for what they consider millions of dollars in unpaid taxes.  Our guests who come to us from Airbnb pay the 10% sales tax required by Collier County and the State of Florida but, as we know here in Naples, a lot of owners who rent property directly to the guests do not collect or pay the sales tax.

Company spokespeople for Airbnb feel their site offers a great service to guests from out of town by allowing them to travel to New York City and save money on accommodation so that they can spend the money enjoying the sights and attractions.  They feel they bring important revenue to the city.

Read the whole article here and decide for yourself!

Remember it is always toasty in Naples and you deserve your piece of Naples sunshine and a wonderful place to rent for your winter vacation!

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