Changing the Public Perception of Short-Term Rentals
Non-profit organizations such as the West Side Neighborhood Alliance and Housing Conservation Coordinators contributed to the passage of the short-term rental ban in New York City by launching an effective PR campaign to discredit short-term rental owners and managers.
Proponents of the short-term rental ban have among other things alleged that “illegal hotels” (a misnomer for short stay accommodations in residential buildings) have damaged New York City’s reputation among tourists and that short-term renters do not care about security and building upkeep. Needless to say, very little data were collected by the ban’s supporters to substantiate their claims.
It is important to turn the tide around and show our local politicians how New York City has been and is benefiting from the short-term rental industry.
We are currently designing questionnaires to evaluate (1) the economic impact of the short-term rental industry on New York City; (2) the public perception of the short-term rental industry; (3) the motivations behind renting on a short-term basis.
We welcome your ideas on how to create these questionnaires. Please email us your suggestions at email@example.com
Cover page for the June 2008 Report prepared by the Illegal Hotels Working Group to describe the impact of short-term rentals in residential buildings on New York City residents, the City’s economy and the City’s housing stock. The Report was sponsored by, among others, Assemblyman Richard Gottfried, Senator Liz Krueger, Housing Conservation Coordinators and the West Side Neighborhood Alliance.