Airbnb is helping connect people affected by Sandy with free short-term housing.
The City Council adopted a bill substantially increasing fines for illegal hotels.
The city stepped up its enforcement of illegal hotels in 2011 after a new law went into effect.
The city sued single-room occupancy building owners who rented rooms to tourists.
A slew of dangerous conditions were discovered in the sweep, resulting in full and partial vacate orders and violations.
The city is renting rooms for homeless men in buildings with serious safety violations.
The short-term apartment rental company Hotel Toshi recently took over a dozen units on East 10th Street.
A law meant to stamp out illegal hotels also prohibits tenants from renting out their apartments while they're on vacation.
A lawyer who represents the city's "illegal" hotels says the new law will cost jobs and tax revenue.
The move outlaws hotels operating in residential buildings, many of which are on the Upper West Side.
The bill would prohibit tenants from renting out their apartments for fewer than 30 days.
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