On January 9, 2022, New York City adopted Local Law 18, also known as the Short-Term Rental Registration law. The law requires short-term rental hosts to register with the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement (OSE). Booking service platforms (such as Airbnb, VRBO, Booking.com, and others) will be prohibited from processing transactions for unregistered short-term rentals.
Registration has not yet begun. Registration will begin once regulations implementing the law take effect, which will be 30 days after final rules are published. Once the rules are finalized, OSE will publish on this website instructions on how to apply for registration. OSE currently estimates that registration will open in late February, and interested parties are encouraged to visit this webpage periodically for updates.
Enforcement of the registration requirements will not begin until July 2023, but enforcement of existing laws remains ongoing.
The law limits registration to a person that is the permanent occupant of a unit of housing, and prohibits granting a registration for certain types of units, such as rent-regulated and NYCHA units. The law also requires OSE to deny registration requests for buildings on a prohibited buildings list, which will be created by owners who notify the OSE that short-term rentals are not allowed in their buildings.
The law does not change which short-term rentals are legal or illegal, but registration applicants will be required to confirm that they understand and will comply with laws governing housing, and will be required to host only legal short-term rentals, specifically stays for no more than two guests and hosted in the unit the host lives in.
Short-term rental listings for units in “Class B” multiple dwellings, which have been approved by the City of New York for legal short-term occupancies, are exempt from the registration requirement, as are rentals for 30 consecutive days or more.