New York’s short-term rental ban – Update
Some residential buildings that have historically operated as hotels prior to the enactment of the Multiple Dwelling Law , or were legally operating as hotels under the pre-1961 zoning can register their units for other than permanent residence purposes with the Department of Building. Applicants that register by January 12, 2011 will have until July 16, 2012 (with possible extensions) to comply with relevant building codes for transient use.
The other criteria to satisfy in order to convert a class A dwelling (for permanent residential use) into a class B dwelling (for transient use) are the following: (a) the dwelling is of a fireproof construction and was of fireproof construction on 1/1/2009; (b) the dwelling units have at least two lawful means of egress and had them on 1/1/2009; (c) the dwelling has operational exit signs and a fire alarm system that comply with local law for existing transient occupancies and had the signs and alarm system on 1/1/2009.
The relevant registration form and other documents to be submitted can be accessed on the New York City Department of Building Website:
The MDL1 Form: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/downloads/pdf/mdl1.pdf
The MDL1 Instructions: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dob/downloads/pdf/mdl1_instr.pdf
The MDL1 form, satisfactory supporting documentation as well as the PW1, PW3, and ASB4 forms must be submitted to the Department by January 12, 2011.
 The Multiple Dwelling Law was enacted in April 1929.