The fight between Airbnb and New York City is heating up

Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky speaking at Recode’s Code Conference 2018
 Asa Mathat

Airbnb is stepping up its ongoing battle with New York City, days before a crucial hearing that it says could limit the company’s prospects in one of its largest markets.

On Tuesday, a New York City Council committee is set to hold a public hearing on a bill that would require disclosure of names and addresses of hosts on its platform, a move Airbnb opposes. Today, Airbnb is releasing a report accusing over a dozen council members of bias because they’ve received campaign contributions from the hotel industry.

Airbnb’s report tallies donations of more than $450,000 going to 15 council members over four years from donors Airbnb described as part of the hotel industry, including the Hotel Trades Council, a union for hotel workers.

If passed, the bill would require Airbnb and other short-term housing rental companies to disclose addresses and names of hosts who rent on their site directly with the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement, the agency that investigates cases of illegal rentals.

City officials say that access to that information will make it easier for the city to crack down on illegal rentals. Airbnb says it worries the city will use the data to punish not only bad actors renting illegally, but also lawful hosts who are within their rights to rent their homes on the platform.

It’s the latest move in the eight-year feud between Airbnb and the city. At last month’s  should i eat before taking cialis black power movement essay animal farm fairy story essay follow literary analysis essay quotes como se llama el componente del viagra can i take allegra d with bystolic education system in uk essay see here source cae writing essay topics viagra antidepressants side effects hobbit critical essays viagra qual o pre o see url siti affidabili per comprare cialis on line case study topics in india adderall abilify together click viagra lawsuits settled in 2017 sildenafil consulta remedios essay topics about vietnam war low cost erectile dysfunction help mn smu creative writing phd Code ConferenceAirbnb CEO Brian Chesky said he sees “no end in sight” to the fight.

Over the past decade, Airbnb has had similar battles with other cities but eventually reached data-sharing agreements with some, including San Francisco, Chicago, Seattle and Vancouver.

Airbnb isn’t the only one waging a public battle in this New York City fight: Last year, the hotel industry ran an ad campaign suggesting that terrorists use Airbnb rentals.

It looks as though Airbnb is set to lose this one, though. So far, 40 of 51 council members have signed on to the bill.

“It is clear from this broad level of support and the personal stories we continue to hear from everyday New Yorkers that this bill needs to be passed to address the urgent housing crisis our city faces, no matter how hard short-term rental companies try to assert differently,” wrote a spokesperson for Carlina Rivera, the New York City council member leading efforts to pass the bill, in an email to Recode.


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