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Proposed City Bill Would Get Tough On Airbnb

May 15, 2018 - 7:53 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- It is not yet fully written and not yet introduced, but a proposed bill in the City Council would crack down on online sharing services such as Airbnb.

As WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reported, the measure would require all online home sharing companies to provide the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement with the addresses of their listings, and hosts would have to provide their full names and addresses – which would indicate whether they are renting their actual homes.

City Council Speaker Corey Johnson is concerned that Airbnb rentals are causing a housing supply crunch.

"The loss of affordable housing units – those concerns center on complaints that happen inside of buildings on units that are being warehoused and guests are coming and going next to people who are living full time in their apartments, and the fact that we don't have a full sense of, who are the people with the listings on Airbnb?" Johnson said.

In a statement, Airbnb claimed dozens of its hosts have been harassed by its investigators funded by the hotel industry, and the Office of Special Enforcement. The $30 billion company made it clear that it will push back on any legislation that does not protect the privacy and safety of its host homes.