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Airbnb – Revolutionaries of Sharing Economy or Just Plain Illegal?

SKU: REL5600
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Airbnb is an online community marketplace that connects potential home renters with those seeking to lease their properties. It is a service that is adored by some, despised by others and in NYC has been a major source controversy. The NYS Attorney General maintains that nearly three-quarters of all Airbnb rentals in NYC are illegal and in violation of violate zoning and other laws. It has charged Airbnb to clean up its act. What’s at stake? Huge sums of money for Airbnb, millions of potential hotel tax dollars that the Attorney General says Airbnb is costing the State every year and substantial income to the individuals who offer short term apartment rentals. But is this all legal? Is Airbnb a revolutionary of the sharing economy breaking down greedy and lazy industries and empowering individuals? Or is it just a scam to avoid regulation and taxes?

Join Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLC partner Matthew Brett who has litigated many of these issues as he breaks down the law and issues surrounding this fascinating and timely topic.

Lecturer Bio

Matthew S. Brett, Esq.

Matthew S. Brett is a partner at Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman, LLP. He joined BBWG in in 2000 and became a partner in 2007. He specializes in real estate litigation and has worked on notable cases including Lenox Hill Hospital v. Spitz and HF Associates v. Sullivan. He has co-authored an Amicus curiae brief the United States Supreme Court petition for certiorari in Harmon v. Kimmel.

Mr. Brett earned his Juris Doctor from Brooklyn Law School where he was a Moot Court Honor Society Quarter Finalist in the National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Human and Natural Ecology from Emory University. He was the Chairman of the New Jersey Emory University Alumni Association.

Mr. Brett is currently a member of the Judiciary Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Until December 2011, Mr. Brett was an Owner's Representative on the Advisory Council of the Housing Part of the New York City Civil Court. He was also a member of the Housing and Urban Development Committee and a member of the Housing Court Committee of the New York City Bar Association. Has served as Co-Chair of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) courses hosted by the New York Bar Association including How to Successfully Navigate, Litigate & Resolve Mold Issues, Housing in Cyberspace, Rent Regulation and Future Perspectives on Affordable Housing and Economic Development in New York City.

Mr. Brett has also lectured on the Internet and Evidence for the Rent Stabilization Association and Rent Regulation for the New York City Bar Association. He has lectured on AirBnB issues for the Rent Stabilization Association and the New York County Lawyers Association.

He is a member of the Millburn Township Zoning Board of Adjustment.

Mr. Brett regularly tweets about real estate, regulatory and housing issues on Twitter: @NYClandlordlaw

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