Airbnb, which is under fire from state regulators, revealed on Thursday that it had taken down over 2,000 listings in the past year that might be illegal hotel rooms.
The company said it removed 2,233 listings posted by hosts who had multiple apartments for rent — a telling sign that it’s a shady landlord operating an illegal hotel.
The vast majority — 1,585 — of those listings were in Manhattan, including close to 600 in Midtown, the company said.
Critics have long said that landlords are illegally renting out rooms by the night on the site instead of offering to needy tenants, draining the already scarce city housing supply.
In announcing the removals, Airbnb seemed to acknowledge that the practice was happening.