Friday, July 10, 2015

Commercial targets AirBnB

From PIX11:

The battle against Airbnb continues. For years, housing organizations and local leaders coming together saying big profit companies are taking advantage of New York and allowing the big guys to profit while the little guys lose out. This time that message coming out through an ad that may seem a bit familiar.

A new campaign is out against Airbnb.

“We thought it was very iconic. I think once you are drawn in to the concept you see what airbnb is really about,” said James Freedland of ShareBetter Coalition, the organization behind the new commercial spot.

The group works with local politicians, community leaders and organizations and are telling people to not be duped by Airbnb’s latest friendly homesharing campaign.

Instead the organization says Airbnb is really all about profit for the rich, catering to large commercial real estate brokers. Manhattan Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal said her office uncovered just that during a recent sting operation.

Big city landlords were seen in the Upper West Side and Midtown taking hundreds of units off the market, some even rent regulated ones and instead putting them out to the home-sharing site to earn lucrative fees.


Anonymous said...

>big profit companies

AirBNB is mostly individuals renting out rooms in their own place. The big business is the hotel industry unhappy this is cutting in to their profits.

Anonymous said...

Anon 1 you are full of it. AirBNB is enabling landlords to leave apartments open, driving up rents, and leading to overcrowding in Queens neighborhoods as people are pushed out of midtown and brooklyn.