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Airbnb – Revolutionaries of Sharing Economy or Just Plain Illegal?

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  • Description
    Connecting owners offering short-term apartment rentals to potential renters-- it seems simple, lucrative and advantageous to all concerned. So why is Airbnb, the online community marketplace that provides this service, such a source of controversy? According to the NY State Attorney General, nearly three quarters of Airbnb’s rentals are illegal and violate zoning and other laws. There’s no question that Airbnb is hitting the hotel industry where it hurts and costing the State millions in hotel tax dollars. So is it a boon for individuals or a legal loophole to avoid regulation and taxes? All this and more will be discussed in this comprehensive CLE course presented by seasoned attorney Matthew Brett of Belkin Burden Wenig & Goldman LLC. The course will explain the laws surrounding these issues and provide an analysis of Airbnb’s actions in light of the legal issues.
  • Instructor Bio

    Matthew Brett

    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