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Airbnb hosts congratulate de Blasio: VIDEO

By Business Insider | December 09, 2013 08:38AM

There’s a new mayor coming to town, and Airbnb wants to get things started on the right foot by making nice with Bill de Blasio. They may succeed.

The video below is a warm congratulations and a brief explanation of how Airbnb helps New York City’s economy, and it’s well done and easy to digest.

The people in the video invite de Blasio and his friends and family to stay with them during the inauguration and anytime after.

Airbnb is the peer-to-peer home rental startup that allows you to rent out your apartment or house through their platform.

It ran into some roadblocks in the last year when New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman subpoenaed Airbnb user data as part of an investigation into the website stemming from a 2010 law that makes it illegal to use to rent out your own apartment in New York City.

  • Sh!t My Tenants Say

    It also ran into a roadblock when it entered NYC, where it is illegal to sublet for less than 30 days, and even then you need your LL’s permission.

  • Jay Dankburg

    What they are doing is not subletting, which is legal (see Real Property Law 226-b). What they are doing is running a hotel, which is not legal.

    • Ronald Edelstein

      Your Honor, I had read that if the tenant was actually living in the apartment and the people saying with them had no lock on the door that it was legal.
      I think I read this in the New York Times. Am I wrong?

  • Sh!t My Tenants Say

    I have a biz that promotes illegal activity & endangers neighbors. I need PR firm & political lobby recommendations please…

  • Night Mayor

    I am now making scumbag airbnb my personal project. Criminality earns punsihment. Get ready. Never mind, don’t get ready. Let’s have a surprise party.