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Airbnb, the controversial short-term property rental company, has about 25,000 listings in New York City, and about 14,000 of those are technically illegal. Affordable housing advocates accuse the company of exacerbating the housing crisis by turning apartments that could be used for New York City residents into expensive hotels. On top of that, a new […]

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Ari Teman, the man who unwittingly rented his luxury apartment in Chelsea to the XXX Freak Fest orgy on Airbnb, has had a rough year. He was evicted from his apartment, and says that the fall-out put him on a city-wide tenant blacklist. Now he’s unable to find a new place in the city, and […]

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Airbnb has been spurned by city officials in New York, but it’s Paris that the apartment-sharing service is most interested in wooing right now. The site reports that Paris now boasts 40,000 rentals on the site, becoming the site’s top city. New York follows with 34,000 listings, while London has 23,000. The Guardian notes that […]

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For the first time, a rent stabilized tenant lost their coveted rent-stabilized status for renting out their apartment on Airbnb and turning a profit. A housing judge ruled that Henry Ikezi violated the lease on his luxury apartment on West 42nd Street by renting it out for $649 a night and must vacate it by […]

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In the past year, city officials have turned up the heat on Airbnb, arguing that it encourages people to operate illegal hotels and closes off available housing to city residents. A recent map of Airbnb’s data shows that, indeed, there are a disproportionate number of listings that seem to support the city’s theory. But a […]

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When facing accusations of potentially illegal activity from New York City officials in January, Airbnb defended itself by arguing that a majority of users rent apartments on occasion. The roomsharing service didn’t present any data at the time, but now community activist Murray Cox has scraped data from Airbnb’s site and put together an interactive […]

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The proceedings didn’t go very well for the room-sharing service Airbnb when it faced the New York City Council on Tuesday. Tempers were high among council members as well as protesters who believe that the service doesn’t do enough to curb illegal hotels being run through the website. In October, New York State Attorney General Eric T. […]

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The ShareBetter coalition launched a website today that will help you know if you’re booking an AirBnB close to a registered sex offender in New York. If you don’t care to go to the site, then we can help you out. You are definitely booking an AirBnB close to a registered sex offender in New York. […]

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Miao Jiaxin‘s Airbnb listing describes itself as “the best cage accommodation you could ever find in New York City.” The cage, located inside a sunny studio in Bushwick with “roof access,” will be available for reservations at no cost to participants, provided they follow a set of rules. The studio will be livestreamed 24/7, but […]

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After the New York State Attorney General’s office issued a request for over three years’ worth of data from Airbnb members many users of the service that provides an in-home alternative to pricey hotels were not at all happy. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman’s subpoena is based on a New York state law that makes it illegal for residents to […]

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