we are/were about to travel to New York city as a party of 5 next week from the Netherlands. We booked an airbnb in December 2022. The city of New York has announced later to crack down on airbnb hosts.
The city will begin enforcing its Short-Term Rental Registration Law on Sept. 5, requiring short-term rental hosts to register with the Mayor's Office of Special Enforcement. The law, which was adopted in January 2022, could significantly reduce visitors’ choices when it comes to lodging.
Suddenly 7 days before our trip, the booking was cancelled without a given reason. After contacting the host they said that they were afraid of fines by the city considering the new law. Immediately we started looking for alternatives as flights and things like Yankee tickets and a musical are also already booked. However hotel prices and airbnb's with a permit have skyrocketed in price or aren't available anymore. What is the best way we can deal with the situation? Is there a breach in contract by the host we should try to enforce?
Update: Our travel insurance would have covered all expenses, including plane tickets, musical tickets, yankee tickets and more. However after pushing airbnb support and asking to escalate the case we got a 1000 dollar discount coupon. Which was not enough to cover the cheapest other airbnb, but now we only lose 900 euro. This is still not ideal, but an acceptable compromise. Thank you for your support as a community and the well meant advice.