What's a decent price for a taxi from airport to this area in Brooklyn? I have been quoted 45 dollars.
Ok great. When you say police what exactly do u mean ?
They mean that short term rentals are almost all illegal in New York City, and that many forum posters are now going to warn you that you're putting yourself and your trip in danger if that's what you're doing, as the city has been cracking down on these illegal accommodations hard. I strongly suggest that you find a legal hotel. If you'd like us to check whether the place you've found is one of the rare legal rentals, you can post (or PM me) the address and we can look it up.
BB and I cross-posted. Legal rentals are typically in areas (Carroll Gardens is one) with 1- or 2-family residences. Whole-apartment rentals in buildings with 3 or more units are definitely illegal - but listings are often unclear about the nature of the building, and it's challenging to vet them.
Thank you for your concern and advice. Luckily the accommodation is not with airbnb.
If it's a short term rental the source of the offer does not matter, the legal classification does. Internet vendors so not vet their listings for compliance with local laws. https://www.nysenate.gov/newsroom/articles/l…
If it's a one or two family owner occupied house, please consider sharing the listing as those are hard to find and any available legal options would be helpful to other travelers.
If it's a rental, even if you got it from HomeAway or VRBO or Booking.com or TripAdvisor itself, there's a very good chance that it's illegal and that you'll be at risk of being evicted, even if you're not outright scammed or if it's not cancelled out from under you before you arrive. Please let us help you, and let us know what you've booked so we can better advise you or reassure you.
If you have paid cash in advance - and not via a credit card or Paypal you have no protection if the listing is a scam (there are many, we have found 2 from people asking questions just last week) - or more likely - is illegal. The city is cracking down and many "hosts" are removing apts from the market with little or no notice to avoid eviction or paying fines starting at $1500 per night and there have ben many stories of people arriving to find their apt no longer available.
You don't want to have to find a hotel on the day you arrive at whatever price is available.
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