One of Airbnb’s biggest challenges is staying in the good graces of city governments. After high-profile scuffles with city officials, the home-sharing company is learning that it has to play by the rules: Today, it’s releasing a progress update on its policy framework for collaborating with municipalities.
“We’re obviously blessed with tremendous growth, but with that growth comes responsibility,” Airbnb head of policy (and former political advisor to Bill Clinton) Chris Lehane told Axios. This is a notable departure from Airbnb’s days of combative behavior toward cities, such as refusing to share host data and insisting its just an online marketplace that shouldn’t be regulated like other property-rental companies.
Lessons learned: In recent months, Airbnb has mostly resolved lawsuits it filed against two of its most important markets: San Francisco and New York. In San Francisco, Airbnb recently proposed a settlement which would include a plan for Airbnb to help build an easy system for hosts to register with the city at the same time, pending approval from the mayor and Board of Supervisors. In December, Airbnb dropped its lawsuit against NYC after it was assured that the new laws imposing steep fines would focus on hosts with illegal listings, […]