City Hall’s latest salvo against home-sharing site Airbnb came in the form of a subpoena.
The company has pushed back against Mayor de Blasio’s attempts to regulate the online world of apartment swapping, setting the stage for a subpoena seeking data about the roughly 20,000 Big Apple apartments available through the site.
The latest chapter in the legal saga comes as groups opposed to the home-sharing site released a new report claiming that African-American neighborhoods are being adversely impacted by apartment sharing.
The study commissioned by New York Communities for Change and Churches United For Fair Housing found that more than 2,500 apartments across 23 predominantly black neighborhoods are being used as short-term rentals. At least another 800 will be lost by the end of the year, according to the report.
African-American neighborhoods will account for over 30% of all housing units “lost due to Airbnb’s lawsuit blocking the new regulations,” the report claims. The Bedford-Stuyvesant area of Brooklyn would see more than 3,000 apartments up for short-term rental without regulations on the industry and less than 2,000 if tighter laws are put in place, the groups found.
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