Should I Host that Traveler? Understanding the Legal Issues Surrounding AirBnB
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Finding short term accommodations via Airbnb is a phenomenon sweeping the nation. Yet behind every host renting out a room in the family home, or renting an entire apartment, are a number of legal issues that cannot be overlooked.
Understand the laws restricting owners' ability to host paying guests in their homes for short periods, as well as the penalties that may result from violations of zoning laws, safety and health regulations, failure to register or seek the necessary permits, etc . Hear about other legal roadblocks that potential hosts may encounter, such as non-compliance with co-op and condo house rules and rent control/rent stabilization special rules.
Jonathan L. Geballe, Esq.
Jonathan L. Geballe is co-chair of NYCLA’s Real Property Section. He graduated cum laude from New York University with a B.A. in history. He earned his law degree from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in 1990, and was Editor in Chief of the Moot Court Board. In the public service arena Mr. Geballe was for many years a member of Community Board 2, Manhattan (Greenwich Village, SoHo, Little Italy, Chinatown), and Chairman of its Landmarks Committee. He is currently a member of the Preservation Committee of the Greenwich Village Society for Historic Preservation, and President of his block association. Mr. Geballe started his legal career as an Assistant Corporation Counsel of the Office of the Corporation Counsel of the City of New York (the New York City Law Department). In 1994 he opened his own law practice in Lower Manhattan. In 1999 he joined with attorney Jan B. Geller to form Geballe &
Geller, LLP, a successful small general practice firm, and since 2009 has a solo practice. Mr. Geballe’s main areas of practice are: Real estate transactions, including residential sales, commercial leases, and cooperative and condominium buildings; Civil litigation, including landlord-tenant, contract disputes, title disputes; Wills and estates; Start-up corporations and LLCs, including shareholders’ agreements and operating agreements; Trademark registration.
Elizabeth Donoghue, Esq.
Elizabeth Donoghue is a partner at Himmelstein, McConnell, Gribben, Donoghue & Joseph. She graduated from Stockton State College, Pomona, New Jersey (1979, Political Science, with Honors), Antioch School of Law (1983, J.D.), and Georgetown University Law Center (1990, Ll.M., Advocacy). While at Antioch, Liz clerked for the Honorable Vincent L. Broderick, S.D.N.Y. From 1985-1986, she worked at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation in Mattoon, Illinois, as a Reginald Heber Smith Fellow, and from 1988-1990, she was the Institute Fellow at the Harrison Institute for Public Law, Georgetown University Law Center, a law school clinical program which specializes in the representation of tenants' associations. Liz has represented tenants in New York City as a staff attorney at Municipal Employees Legal Services Plan, District Council 37, a housing specialist at Bronx Legal Services, and a supervising attorney at the Lower East Side Local Enforcement Unit, MFY Legal Services. Liz began
private practice at Himmelstein, McConnell & Gribben as an associate in 1993, and became a partner in 1997. Liz is a member of New York County Lawyers, where she served on the Task Force on Housing Court. Liz is also active in the New York City Bar Association. She served as a member of the City Bar Task Force on Town and Village Justices and has been a member of the Housing Court, Judiciary, Coop/Condo and Executive Committees. She is the former Chair of the Housing Court Committee and Judiciary Committee of the New York City Bar and is currently member of its Executive Committee. Liz is involved with youth sports in the Yorkville Youth Athletic Association and blogs for the Huffington Post.
Todd I. Nahins, Esq.
Todd I. Nahins is a Senior Partner of Borah, Goldstein, Altschuler, Nahins & Goidel, P.C with broad and extensive experience in both the Residential and Commercial Parts of the Civil Court of the City of New York. His litigation responsibilities include many of the Firm's most established clients. Mr. Nahins heads the Firm's Non-Payment and Holdover Division specifically relating to Manhattan cases. Mr. Nahins has been a Faculty Member of the New York State Judicial Seminar, Jack Newton Lerner, Landlord-Tenant Institute; Guest Speaker at the New York County Lawyers’ Association, New York State Bar Association, Cardozo Law School, New York University, Real Estate Program and Community Housing Improvement Program, Topics ranged from Trial Tactics in Housing Court, Bedbug Litigation, Guardian Ad Litem Representation, and Nuisance and Non-Primary Residence Litigation. Mr. Nahins has received the highest accolade in Martindale-Hubbell given an AV rating. He has received an Award from The New York State Department of Housing Preservation and Development and was recognized for Excellence in
Law by Cambridge's Who's Who. He is presently on the Board of Advisors for Apartment Law Insiders.
He received a BA from Hunter College (Cum Laude) and a JD from Western New England College School