Airbnb creates problems everywhere.
Far from being a harmless service where residents can share their homes with tourists, Airbnb enables landlords to break the law by making properties commercially available and removing housing options from permanent residents in the process. Airbnb exacerbates housing crises in densely populated cities all over the world, contributes to rising rents, and poses serious public safety concerns for guests, hosts and neighbors. On top of it all, the platform enables racism to flourish online and in our communities.
Airbnb claims to support cities and help middle class folk “make ends meet”. Nothing could be further from the truth. In city after city, Airbnb continues to battle regulations that would protect affordable housing, all the while shelling out hundreds of thousands of dollars for celebrities to stay at upscale rentals and taking advantage of international, corporate loopholes to avoid paying taxes.
Airbnb is only interested in one thing, itself.
…But in New York as in other cities and counties, this new revenue comes with a hitch: Home-sharing services take apartments off the long-term rental market and are a factor in driving up rents to unaffordable levels. Airbnb alone has 1.5 million listings in 34,000 cities…-