Home-sharing site AirBnB has found an advocate in actor Danny Glover, who was present in Albany Tuesday along with other supporters of legislation allowing AirBnB to operate legally in NYC.
“Home sharing is a bridge to financial stability that has helped [hosts] send their child to school, pay off debt, or even keep their home,” Glover (a paid consultant for the company) said in a statement, according to the NY Post.
“Hosts,” Glover added, “and specifically hosts in our communities of color, face huge hurdles to access the opportunities that home sharing provides. I’m here today to say that this discrimination must end.”
An anti-AirBnB bill, introduced last year by Democratic NY Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal, would require anyone advertising apartments on home-sharing sites to disclose detailed address information to city authorities. That legislation is being supported by the hotel industry, which has launched a seven-figure campaign in support, according to a report Sunday by NY Daily News.
“Airbnb’s complete unwillingness to police its own platform will not stop New York from doing it for them,” Rosenthal was quoted as saying in the report. “The idea of prioritizing our communities and housing stock over the bottom lines of a corporate giant has always had strong bipartisan support.”
Since its founding in 2008, AirBnB has generated some controversy due to stories of host and guest misbehavior (as documented in a December 2017 Huffington Post report), and accusations that the company discriminating against hosts and guests of color and raising rentals.
“There’s been a kind of increasing outcry from communities, from housing organizations, from activists, and from elected officials that short-term rentals are having a negative impact on housing,” David Wachsmuth, a professor of Urban Planning at McGill University, was quoted as saying in a report this week by CityLab.
The pro-BnB bill, sponsored by Democratic Brooklyn Assemblyman Joe Lentol and Republican state Senator John Bonacic, will ban hosts of short-term rentals from having multiple listings on any NYC home-sharing platform, according to a report by Law.com’s Josefa Velasquez. Short-term rentals in rent-stabilized homes and public housing would also be banned under the legislation.
Bonacic said the legislation would establish protections to “ensure that these New Yorkers who rely on home sharing can continue to benefit, while also generating millions of tax dollars for our state—a win-win for all of us.”
“Technology is revolutionizing our world and we owe it to our fellow New Yorkers to get on board.”
By: Greg Alcott