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New York, NY

When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it is important for you to understand the laws in your region or city. As a platform and online marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to provide resources that may help you better understand applicable laws and regulations. This list is not exhaustive, but it may give you a good start in understanding your local laws. If you have questions, visit the short-term rental homepage or other government agencies directly, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.

Actions a Host needs to take

  • Determine your eligibility for short term rental registration; check the city’s short-term rental website
  • Register with the City of New York
    • Note: Class B dwellings (i.e. hotels) are exempt from registration
  • Wait for communication from the City of New York regarding your application
  • Once you are registered with the City of New York, add your registration details to your listing(s) on Airbnb
    • Note: Class B dwellings (i.e. hotels) may claim exemptions right now instead of adding registration details

Relevant information for Hosts


In order to host “Short-Term Stays” (i.e stays that are less than 30 nights per stay), Hosts must register with the City of New York as outlined above. This applies to all listings, unless they are a Class B multiple dwelling. Short-Term Stays are only permitted if there are no more than two guests staying with the Host.

For Hosts unable to host Short-Term Stays, another viable option is to welcome longer stays of 30-nights or more, which do not require a registration to have an approved listing. Resources on optimizing your listing to be a Monthly Stay can be found here.

Under New York City’s short-term rental registration law, rent stabilized and rent controlled properties are ineligible for registration. Additionally, buildings included on the prohibited building list are ineligible for registration.


Hotels & other Class B multiple dwellings do not need to register, but in order to be approved for an exemption, these listings must ensure their address (as saved on Airbnb) matches exactly (i.e. “East” vs “E” or “Avenue” vs “Ave”) to an address on the Class B Multiple Dwelling List.


New York City and New York State impose multiple taxes that may apply to transient occupancy or tourist use, subject to certain exemptions. Examples of taxes that could apply to your listing are:

  • State and City sales tax
  • City hotel room occupancy tax
  • State and City nightly room fees

Information about state-administered taxes is available on the New York State’s Department of Taxation website.

Information about city-administered taxes is available on the City’s website.

Other resources to help you Host

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