Just got an official statement from the Hotel Association of New York City regarding Airbnb and the “illegal hotels” law: “The Hotel Association of New York City is made up of legitimate hotel owners and operators who comply with the building code including all relevant fire safety and labor laws, with many of its members having rates that are not only competitive but also provide excellent value,” says Lisa Linden, a spokesperson for the association.
Airbnb just sent Betabeat a statement about the recently-implemented “illegal hotels” law that renders some of the activity on the site illegal in New York. The law is not targeted at Airbnb, a rep said, and a majority of its users are unaffected by it–but either way, the site isn’t legally responsible for the arrangements users make and the company is “working directly” with the city about how the law impacts its users. Read More
There are 1,193 rooms for rent in Brooklyn and 3,250 rooms in Manhattan (and 141 in Queens!) listed now on Airbnb, which claims it books more rooms a night than any of the big hotels in New York City. The company is revving up, launching new social features this month and announcing a sublet service coming soon–and now TechCrunch reports the company has raised about $100 million at a $1 billion valuation. But some local Airbnb users, whether they’re aware of it or not, are breaking the law. Read More