New York City’s Airbnb Ban Could Tear My Family Apart

Svanhvít Tryggvadóttir, New York Post

Travelers are rethinking trips to the Big Apple now that Gov. Cuomo and the Legislature have approved a law that effectively puts Airbnb out of business by banning apartment-rental ads for stays of under 30 days.

Svanhvít Tryggvadóttir, 37, of Reykjavik, Iceland, who frequently travels to the city with her family for her husband’s business trips, tells The Post’s Melkorka Licea that the crippling new law enacted Friday means less time as a family.

The five of us come to New York City a lot for my husband’s work. We usually stay two weeks or longer. We always use Airbnb. Staying in a hotel is insanely expensive — we’d spend around $4,000 for a week in a hotel, twice the cost of Airbnb — not to mention much less comfortable.

I’m extremely disheartened the officials of such a big city have taken away the only affordable ­option for traveling families. This ridiculous new law means my family will spend less time together and we won’t be able to visit New York as much.

Since we have three daughters (ages 7, 12, and 18) we need a space that will accommodate all five of us.

Airbnb makes it possible for us to travel and stay together as well as feel like we are at “home” — which is important to us, since we travel so much.

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