When searching for a house cleaning, carpet cleaning, or commercial cleaning company you are bombarded with a plethora of reasons why you should choose that particular company. Reasons such as saving time and effort are important but they should never be a cleaning company’s guiding principle. Make no mistake about it, the number one job of your cleaning company is to protect your health.
BREAKING THE “CHAIN OF INFECTION”
Whether they know it or not, cleaning professionals play a key role in maintaining the health of those who inhabit a home or business they are cleaning. Effective removal or reduction of contaminants reduces human exposure to disease and the risk of infection. Our main goal at Stayaway Cleaning is to break the chain of infection by disrupting key elements in the methods of how diseases spread, enter or exit the body. We know that your home or business can serve as the primary line of defense against infectious diseases through performing thorough health conscious, hygienic cleaning.
HEALTH FIRST CLEANING
The relationship between clean environments and human health cannot be understated. Science has proven that clean environments have the ability to make people feel better (or worse), thereby improving their quality of life. To this end, the days of using cotton rags, paper towels, and store bought cleaning products are over. Through training and education, Stayaway Cleaning stays ahead of the cleaning technology curve in order to provide you with the most advanced and thorough cleaning possible.
Humans are spending more time inside than ever before in history, increasing the importance are establishing and maintaining healthy indoor environments. This minimizing of indoor contaminants is done in 3 ways:
1. Hygienic Cleaning, Sanitizing, & Disinfection
Hygienic Cleaning can be defined as cleaning for health first and appearence second. The #1 priority of all cleaning is to remove or reduce the level of harmful contaminants. This can also be defined as “sanitization” or if the cleaning is taken one step further, “disinfection”. Whether you are cleaning an entire home or cleaning the flooring or carpets of a business, it is imperative your to know the difference between these terms and what type of cleaning you are trying to achieve. Unnecessary disinfection can needlessly increase the number of harmful VOC’s present in the air.
2. Use of appropriate Cleaning Agents
Stayaway Cleaning uses only the highest quality cleaning products. With only a handful of exceptions, these are products you will not find on the shelf at Walmart and Target. We believe if you are paying for professional cleaning then your cleaning company should be using professional grade cleaning agents. For tasks such as glass cleaning, we use only butyl free products. Our goal is to clean effectively in regard to health and appearance without introducing new chemicals to the environments we are cleaning.
3. Superior Cleaning Equipment
If your cleaning company is not using high-efficiency filtration vacuums or high quality microfiber cloths, they are not effectively cleaning your home or business. Non-CRI (http://www.carpet-rug.org/seal-of-approval-program.html) approved vacuums will made air bourne and cotton cloths have been show to spread dirt and bacteria around causing cross contamination on all “cleaned” surfaces. Adhering to the strict use of only the best microfiber cloths is the single most effective way of removing soil and bacteria. High-efficiency HEPA filtration vacuums we use not only remove more dirt and soil from floors, carpets, and couches, they simultaneously improve the quality of the indoor air by filtering out 99.97% of dirt, dust, and pet dander.
If you cleaning company does not following these basic principles of cleaning, you are likely not receiving the quality cleaning you deserve. Hiring a cleaning company can be an arduous task and there are many factors to consider. In addition to making your home or business look good, remember that it is your cleaning company’s responsibility to follow health conscious cleaning practices. Technology within the cleaning industry has made enormous strides over the last decade and make sure your cleaning company is abreast of these changes.
The final chapter? Not by a long shot. In October of last year Governor Cuomo signed into law a long awaited bill that doubles down on fines for those advertising illegal listings on home-sharing websites such as Airbnb, VRBO, Homeaway and TurnKey (as per the 2010 NY State multi-dwelling law I touched on here). The law raises the fine to $7,500 for those advertising renting out their entire apartment or home. Although this law does not apply to Long Island, the signing of the bill into law was a disappointing move that will be sure to spread confusion regarding the legality of short term rentals throughout the state.
Despite this increase in punishment the law, that was backed mostly by New York City's hotel lobbyist's, has had little affect on the rental inventory of New York City. In fact, New Year's Eve saw a record number of bookings. According to the Daily News Airbnb projected 55,000 bookings on December 31st, up from the previous years total of 47,000.
WHAT THIS ALL MEANS
As I have previously stated, in spite of new laws and regulations Airbnb and websites similar to it are here to stay. New York City remains the world's leading city in terms of number of listings and actual bookings. Host's defiance of the new legislation indicate it's going to take strict enforcement in order for the law to have it's intended effect. In 2015, NYC Mayor De Blasio allocated $10M for enforcement of the laws regarding short term rentals but the current listing numbers show this influx of cash law has had little to no affect in policing illegal listings. A majority of those found to be operating illegally have been found due to complaints.
In regard to Long Island's short term rental market, the law's affect has been minimal. Limited legislation has been pursued on a county level, while most discussion and implementation of laws put on the books continue to be pursued on a town, village, and hamlet level.
FUTURE OF SHORT TERM RENTALS ON LONG ISLAND
I see the trend of legislation continuing on a town by town and village by village basis. It is my hope that each region will continue to take measured, thoughtful steps to make sure all in the community are comfortable with the short term rental listings in their area. This can be achieved through open dialogue and education regarding the thorough booking process sites like Airbnb, Home away, and VRBO currently utilize. Areas such as Bellport Village have taken thoughtful, measured steps and a future blog post that dive deep into the current state of affairs in towns and villages across the Long Island.
Airbnb and other sites that represent the short term rental market suffered a serious blow late last night with the passing of bill 6340--A. This bill makes online advertising of an entire dwelling less than 30 days illegal. This bill basically reiterates what the previously passed NYS Multiple Dwellings Law states but the major difference is the implementation of fines! They start at $1,000 and go up from there following repeat offenses. Although this law applies only to cities in New York State that have a population of 350,000 and above, it is still quite disappointing to see its passing.
WHAT THIS MEANS
In the short term this bill spells major trouble for those operating "entire home" listings. It refers specifically to those hosts who rent out their entire home or apartment while they, the homeowner or lessee, are not present. These listings account for about half of the listings currently found on Airbnb in NYC. A key thing to know about this law though is that it will be extremely hard for the city of New York to enforce. The department the city has dedicated to handling these matters is quite small and completely unable to enforce this law on a large scale. It is my belief that you will see small scale enforcement and those found to be violating the law will be made an example. But with it's current staffing issues, this department will find it next to impossible for greater enforcement to be possible.
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS
The future for Airbnb and similar websites remains murky at this moment in time, but my opinion on the situation as a whole is quite positive in regards to the long term outcome. Using history as our guide regarding tech companies, it seems as though one side did not give enough. In the case of Uber, many back rooms deals were negotiated by the former Mayor that allowed Uber to seamlessly continue operating legally.
From the countless articles I have read on the subject, it seems as though the New York State Legislature felt slighted by Airbnb's complete unwillingness to further negotiate. About a year ago Airbnb offered it's one and only concession which was to collect an additional hotel tax similar to that collected by traditional hotels in NYC. Although this tax was seen as a major step forward by Airbnb, the largest online short term rental service offered no further concessions and have refused to help the city and state enforce current laws. Current laws on the books in NYC have already made rentals of 30 days or less illegal. This new law now sets the cost of fines associated with violating it. In my opinion Airbnb and its competitors are going to have to give up more in future negotiations and this legislation makes that clear. This is yet another chapter in what will prove to be a long, draw out battle.
The story of Airbnb's founding and its meteoric rise to become a short term rental booking juggernaut is nothing short of amazing. For those that aren't familiar, two guys are unable to afford their rent in San Fransisco. They decide to blow up air mattresses and host guests charging $80 per person. The idea is born. A lot of seed money, many tweaks and two years later they hit their stride. Key changes lead to the site growing by 800% in one year and Airbnb becomes the website we see today with its ultra clean layout and heavy focus on professionally taken, high quality pictures.
BY THE NUMBERS
The site has forever changed the way we vacation and the impact it has had on all phases on travel, subletting, and vacationing is immeasurable. One thing that's clear, it has birthed a thriving short term rental market on Long Island. Recently disclosed data by Airbnb shows listings based on Long Island have almost doubled in the 12 month period from April 2015-April 2016. The additional numbers released are staggering.
Airbnb bookings in Nassau and Suffolk counties increased to 17,000 in that one year period, a 8,400 increase. An increase in bookings is to be expected as the site grows in popularity but the truly meaningful number concerns the amount of listing rising from 1,070 to 2,000. That's an average of 2.5 new listings a day!
What this will mean in the long term for Long Island is hard to determine but what's obvious is the positive effect on tourism this is having for the entire island. Visitors that would have previously taken trips elsewhere due to lack of affordable lodging are choosing Long Island as their getaway. And why not? With our many beaches and easy access to mass transit, it's a no-brainer if you're looking to escape NYC for a weekend trip. I myself have hosted an untold number of guests coming from all parts of NYC. In addition, there has been a variety reasons guests give for their visit. Many are traveling nurses looking for a reasonably priced option, others are visiting family in the neighborhood and just want their own space.
WHAT THE FUTURE HOLDS
Airbnb hosts earned $15.4 million from these bookings, a number that is sure to be crushed in the years ahead. I'm in the process of writing a future blog post that covers in detail the topic of current laws concerning the many different municipalities on Long Island (it's proving to be quite an exhausting task!). Although these laws are changing rapidly, I'm happy to see a majority of towns, hamlets, and villages have so far taken a "if ain't broke, don't fix it" approach to the short term rental market. It is my belief this overall trend will continue, but there is one thing these numbers make abundantly clear. And that is Airbnb (and VRBO, TurnKey, Homeaway) and the overall short-term rental market on Long Island is here to stay.
Everything Long Island and More: A resource for travelers, locals, vacation rental owners and Airbnb/VRBO hosts
Welcome to my blog. My name is Craig Mannella, founder and owner/operator of STAYAWAY Cleaning & Guest Services. My goal with this blog is to provide all news and happenings related to our industry and to be a dependable resource for fellow participants in the vacation rental market on Long Island (Suffolk and Nassau counties). Posts will be detailing national and local issues that concern us. I will provide advice regarding tips and tricks for hosts that ensure you are operating your listing at its highest potential. This blog will also cover anything and everything related to what's going on in Long Island and New York state as a whole regarding the vacation rental industry. If it concerns us, you'll find it here.
Vacation rental host's tend to be travelers at heart, and I'm no different. As an avid traveler (or least one that wishes he could be considered 'avid'), I will also write posts alerting fellow wanderers to special travel deals I become aware of through my large network of contacts and trustworthy sites and blogs I follow. For the travelers at heart that do not have the ability to getaway as often as they would like due to work or family responsibilities, I will also be detailing all the great local things to do we have to choose from here on Long Island (there's more than you think!). This will include street fairs, art shows, concerts, "staycation" opportunities and deals, and a wealth of other travel and entertainment related information for fellow residents of Long Island.
I'm excited to share this information as there is plenty out there but no central place to find it. As stated earlier, my goal with this blog is to become a trusted resource for information for hosts and travelers alike. If STAYAWAY happens to gain some additional exposure through this process well hey, that'd be great too! :)
In addition I'll be keeping readers up to date on the current state of legality regard short term rentals. In places like the Hamptons, the rules regarding house rentals were long ago set in stone. The fact that short term vacation rental on the rest of the island remains in a legal grey area is frustrating to say the least. But the industry grows stronger everyday and if history is our guide (think Uber), short term vacation rental listings are not going anywhere anytime soon. The key to a smooth transition will be transparency regarding just what exactly the "sharing economy" is all about.
Looking forward to writing the next post. Take care all, talk soon!
Craig Mannella is the owner/operator and founder of STAYAWAY Cleaning Services. After 7 years working in the cleaning and restoration industry, where he excelled in customer relations and satisfaction, he started his own cleaning company. Extensive training and industry experience along with time spent running a successful vacation rental listing lead to the creation of this blog.