A report released by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman alleges that 72 percent of Airbnb’s rentals in New York City are illegal. The 41-page report shows that of the 35,354 bookings by Airbnb between January 1, 2010 and June 2, 2014, 25,500 of them violated a New York state or city law. Schneiderman:
This report raises serious concerns about the proliferation of illegal hotels and the impact of Airbnb and sites like it on the City of New York. We must ensure that, as online marketplaces revolutionize the way we live, laws designed to promote safety and quality-of-life are not forsaken under the pretext of innovation.
Airbnb spokesman Nick Papas:
The report’s conclusions rely on incomplete and outdated information. For example, the findings do not account for the more than 2,000 listings we have already removed from our community in New York. Additionally, every single home, apartment, co-op and living space in New York is subject to a myriad of rules, so it’s impossible to make this kind of blanket statement. That kind of uncertainty and lack of clarity is exactly why we’re advocating for clear, fair rules for home sharing. Now we need to move forward. We need to work together on some sensible rules that stop bad actors and protect regular people who simply want to share the home in which they live.