New York City is cracking down on the hostels in the City. Enforcement of the law was scheduled to go into effect on May 1st, and 15 hotels (including some hostels) were just shut down:
It isn't clear if the hostels were actually unsafe or if they just use the word "illegal" because New York City made hostels illegal:
The inspections came after a new law took affect May 1 that closed loopholes in the existing code governing short-term rentals.
The measure bans rentals that are less than 30 days and says the use of even one apartment for transients is illegal. Before, a majority of the building had to be occupied by transients in order for that to be the case.
"In the past, ambiguities in the law hindered our ability to take enforcement actions against illegal hotels," Mayor Bloomberg said.
"Now, with clear definitions and standards, we can more effectively take action against dangerous hotels."
At the New York Hostel 104, at 2027 First Avenue, at East 105th Street, inspectors found the building overcrowded, no fire director and combustible material throughout the buidling, the city said.
It could be a combination of both.
It could be that the City went after the more unsafe hostels first(?) or that they just call any hostel accommodation "unsafe" for PR purposes.
If anyone has any more information, please post it. :)