June 28, 2017

City Hall turns to Airbnb foe for data on rule-breaking hosts



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Christian Klossner, head of the Office of Special Enforcement, wrote in an email to a spokesman from Share Better asking, “Do you guys have a spreadsheet of the scrubbed listings that have come back?.” When City Hall didn’t get data it wanted from Airbnb, it turned instead to the company’s competition for intel on potentially rule-breaking hosts, the Daily News has learned.

The Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement, tasked with cracking down on illegal hotels and enforcing rules against short-term rentals , reached out to a representative of the advocacy group Share Better and the Hotel Trade Council in search of a spreadsheet of hosts who had been scrubbed from the site only to return, according to emails obtained by the News.

The emails are the latest twist in a back-and-forth between the city and Airbnb over data sharing — a conversation that began cordially but fell apart not long after a donation $200,000 donation from UniteHere, a national hotel and motel union, to the mayor’s now-defunct nonprofit the Campaign for One New York.

“Do you guys have a spreadsheet of the scrubbed listings that have come back?” Christian Klossner, head of the Office of Special Enforcement, wrote in an email to […]

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