By Sarah O’Brien
February 19, 2019
New York City has subpoenaed Airbnb for data on roughly 20,000 listings in the area to make sure hosts aren’t breaking local laws about short-term rentals.
In an interview on television station NY1 on Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio shared his rationale for the subpoena from the Office of Special Enforcement: “If your apartment was rented out every single day, it’s not your apartment anymore. It’s a business.”
“This goes under the category: If you got nothing to hide why are you not coming forward with the information?” he continued. “If Airbnb believes that all of the people it’s working with are doing things right, then why not be transparent.”