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Re: Anybody know about the laws concerning B & B's in NYC?

Posted by Sam on March 11, 1999 at 13:41:39:

In Reply to: Re: Anybody know about the laws concerning B & B's in NYC? posted by TenantNet on March 11, 1999 at 12:15:18:

: : The RGB issues separate guidelines for increases for 'lodging houses': to ask on their email board: click on that blimp flying around!

: The RGB does not issues separate "lodging houses" guidelines. In L&T
: parlance, a "lodging house" is what used to be called a flophouse, what
: you would see on the Bowery. There are still some around and they are
: cubicles, not rooms. They are similar, but not the same to SRO's, but I believe both a Class B
: dwellings. The RGB has Hotel Guidelines, which are on TenantNet.
: No need to hit the blimp.

from link below:

1) Residential Class A (apartment) hotels 0%
2) Lodging houses 0%
3) Rooming houses (Class B buildings
containing less than 30 units) 2%
4) Class B hotels 0%
5) Single Room Occupancy buildings
(MDL section 248 SRO's) 0%

And the PDF Hotel chart thru 98 also has a separate column for Lodging Housses showing increases different than other categories in some years.

The click on the blimp suggestion was to ask RGB whether or not one building can contain both types of accommodations.

About the definition of lodging house: MDL 4: (identical to HMC 27-2004, 18)
14. A "lodging house" is a multiple dwelling, other than a
hotel, a rooming house or a furnished room house, in which
persons are housed for hire for a single night, or for less
than a week at one time, or any part of which is let for any
person to sleep in for any term less than a week.

A plain English reading in 1999 includes the B&B. The flophouse meaning from 50 years ago is well hidden. What a lawyer can argue it means and win in court or at DHCR in 1999, well, now, that is the question. That FDCPA 30-day law was around for long time before someone successfully argued it should apply to rent demands in NY state.

The landlords are getting more creative in their attempts to get off rent stabilization, shouldn't we find creative new uses for old laws to thwart them?

Oh, well! Maybe the NYTimes articles referenced by Anna helped Hawk.
ps: an upstate friend said B&B's are regulated in the state Uniform Fire & Building Code, not available online.

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