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Airbnb preps for New York court battle by scrubbing site of 'bad actors'

Caitlin McGarry | April 23, 2014
Airbnb meets New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman in an Albany court Tuesday afternoon armed with economic stats, tales of hosts just barely scraping by, and a site freshly wiped of more than 2,000 NYC listings.

Airbnb's tax contribution would create 42 affordable housing units, which is a drop in the NYC real estate bucket.

Even if Airbnb succeeds in changing the short-term rental law to allow hosts to Airbnb their homes for a few days at a time, most apartment leases still ban sublets without landlord approval. Krueger has criticized Airbnb in the past for not letting its hosts know that they may be violating their leases by using the site, and could face eviction.

"Eventually, the small group of politicians who feel they must oppose us will fall away, and New York will truly become a Shared City," Hantman wrote. "Standing together, showing the world who we are and what we stand for, we will turn the tide in New York."

It won't be that easy.


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