The Airbnb Battle in New York Continues as Judge Kicks Out Tenant

Image via Airbnb NYC

Image via Airbnb NYC

Airbnb hasn’t had it easy in New York City. Home to egregiously high rent and expensive hotel rooms, it would appear that Airbnb would be a natural fit for the city. A Manhattan Housing Court has just sided with anti-Airbnbers (lawmakerts, hotel union operatives, and affordable-housing advocates) when it ordered the eviction of a rent-stabilized tenant who was caught listing the apartment on the website. According to Crains: “Moreover, it signaled the arrival of a powerful ally: the Related Cos., one of the largest owners of luxury residential properties in New York. ‘Related is clearly saying they’re not done going after people who rent apartments illegally on Airbnb,” said one anti-Airbnb operative.'”

Airbnb responded: “We are focused on the thousands of New Yorkers who share only the home in which they live and depend on home-sharing to pay the bills and pursue their dreams. Many communities have been able to address these issues, and there’s no reason why we can’t work together to help regular New Yorkers who simply want to share the home in which they live.”

 

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