Saturday, July 9, 2016

AirBnB admits to illegal hotels

From the Daily News:

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.


Anonymous said...

Landlords aren't the only problem but shady tenants who think they know all there is to know about rent laws.

Anonymous said...

Another problem is tenants renting out their apartments without the landlords' knowledge! Landlords face huge fines if that is discovered!

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

Yup, lots of tenants know more than the sleazy low life lawyers that the landlords hire. sad, isn't it? too bad though. One does have a right to protect themselves. Knowledge is power.