airbnb Fails to Convince New York City Legislators

City Council’s animosity toward Airbnb grows

From Crain’s Insider, January 26, 2015

Airbnb’s charm offensive is not going well. Last Tuesday’s marathon City Council hearing on illegal hotels and room-sharing earned the online service more enemies in the chamber than friends.

Several council members went into the hearing with open minds about the controversial company, hoping to hear Airbnb say it was committed to cracking down on users who violate the state law that prohibits short-term rentals. But they left frustrated with the company’s responses and befuddled by its testimony.