Airbnb execs mum on whether they would use service

Founders of startup say they don't want to give rental advice amid probe

New York /
May.May 06, 2014 10:00 AM

The heads of controversial short-term room-rental startup Airbnb are keeping quiet about whether they would use their service.

Airbnb executives refused to comment on their hypothetical personal use of Airbnb’s offerings at a meeting at Town Hall late last month. They also said they did not want to provide legal advice, when asked about the types of rentals to use amid the attorney general’s investigation. Some hosts expressed concerns they might lose their homes or leases as a result of the probe, according to a taped recording of the event obtained by the New York Post. 

State prosecutors have been pushing for Airbnnb records of about 15,000 hosts illegally renting out their apartments. Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed a subpoena for the records last fall. Airbnb fought for the subpoena to be dropped, but did not issue a ruling or say when one might come. [NYP]Mark Maurer


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