Housing advocates and city officials worry that thousands of the apartments listed on Airbnb are no longer available for New Yorkers who need a permanent place to live.
In New York City, one of Airbnb’s top markets, officials are casting a wider net to catch people who rent apartments illegally using the sharing website. Meanwhile, Airbnb is distancing itself from people who use its website to break local laws and the company says it is trying find ways to cooperate with local officials.
“We have zero tolerance for illegal hotels on our platform in New York,” says Peter Schottenfels, Airbnb’s press secretary for New York and New England.
Mayor Bill de Blasio’s proposed New York City budget includes another $2.9 million over the next two fiscal years to add more inspectors to the team cracking down on illegal Airbnbs.For its part, Airbnb has […]