Fines for not social distancing, Airbnb hosts blast relief package, & more

By Austin Havens-Bowen  |
April 1, 2020 - 10:30AM

Airbnb announced a relief package after facing backlash from its hosts over a new cancellation policy, but some hosts still say it's not enough (The Real Deal)

Co-op boards are showing more flexibility in order to help sellers close deals during the Covid-19 pandemic (The Real Deal) 

New Yorkers who fail to follow social distancing rules can now face a fine of up to $500 (The New York Post) 

The city going to rent hotels and convert them into temporary hospitals (The New York Post) 

A Williamsburg landlord is waiving April's rent for his commercial and residential tenants (Greenpointers)

REBNY has a new coronavirus resource site for real estate professionals to stay up-to-date on Covid-19-related issues, regardless of membership status (press release) 



Austin Havens-Bowen

Staff Writer

Staff writer Austin Havens-Bowen covers the rental market and answers renters' questions in a column called Realty Bites. He previously reported on local news for the Queens Ledger and The Hunts Point Express in the Bronx. He graduated from Hunter College with a BA in media studies. He rents a one-bedroom apartment in Astoria with his boyfriend and their two cats.

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