August 26, 2016
More than half of Airbnb listings in New York are for whole homes or apartments, many if not most of which would be illegal under current state law, according to Airbnb’s own data, and two thirds of listings are likely booked more than 60 days out of the year, according to Inside Airbnb. A proposed law would make even posting ads for whole apartments illegal. Murray Cox of Inside Airbnb said that the startup’s resistance to turning over even anonymized data shows that it doesn’t care about concerns that it is adding pressure to an already extremely tight housing market. “If they were really interested in accountability, they would be trying to work within the intent of [government] regulations and working with cities to protect affordable housing, and addressing what is abuse of the platform and what it is people are interested in protecting about neighborhoods,” he said. “I think that Airbnb isn’t interested in doing that at all. I think they’re interested in defending anything that they see as an attack on their revenue.”…
Source: http://gothamist.com/2016/08/26/airbnb_home_wrecker.php