Bill would legalize hostels in NYC

Backpackers are happy. You may soon be waiting for a cheap bunk bed in New York. After a ban of almost ten years, a new bill could legalize the hostels in the city.

City Council Mark Gjonaj and Councilwoman Margaret Chin presented a bill this week that would give their noisy, stinking and student-friendly accommodation their own department and rating in the city, according to the Wall Street Journal.

The prohibition of dormitories was published in 2010 as a change to the city's multi-family house rules. More than four dozen were closed due to the law, the Post reported in 2016. The shuttered hostels generated annual revenues of approximately $ 230 million.

The ban was intended as a slap in the face of short-term rents such as Airbnb. And while some hostels in the city have continued to operate, the shortage of hostels means that NYC is not an affordable option for many tourists.

A similar draft bill did not reach a vote in 2015, but Gjonaj, who represents parts of the Bronx, hopes that his bill will be passed.

"If you can stay in high-end hotels, thank you for your visit, come back. But we want to afford opportunities for people with modest means, "Gjonaj told the Journal.

However, the new bill still faces legal hurdles. It has to pass several rounds of voting before it can be legally signed by the mayor.

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