The Real Deal New York

Airbnb’s battles in NYC rage on

A lot of money is spent, but no real winner has emerged
March 30, 2015 09:11AM

Both Airbnb and Share Better — a group comprised of the city’s hotel union and affordable housing advocates — have spent millions on influencing public opinion.

Still, neither of the parties has come out of the fight with real results.

Airbnb, which is valued at more than $20 billion, reportedly spent roughly $15 million on television ads in the second half of 2014, according to Crain’s, as well as multiple millions on subway ads and billboards. Airbnb also paid New York-based lobbying firm Bolton-St. Johns $431,300, the publication reported. The popular home-sharing service also spent tens of millions of dollars on public relations and advertising campaigns and hired Marathon Strategies, Public Solutions and Risa Heller Communications.

Share Better claims that it has beaten the popular service, after Airbnb didn’t change a 2010 law that prohibits tenants in properties with three or more units from renting out their rooms for less than 30 days. Airbnb, on the other hand, still lists more than 27,000 rooms and apartments in New York City. In addition, revenue from New York listings was expected to exceed $282 million in 2014, according to the publication.

The Real Estate Board of New York as well as major developer Related Companies have also railed against Airbnb.

“Airbnb and home-sharing are here to stay,” company spokesperson Nick Pappas told Crain’s, “and it’s a matter of time before we fix this law.” [Crain’s] — Claire Moses





  • Sajh

    Worst company ever. They refused to reimburse my coop for the cleanup costs and damages from the tourists that broke the elevator door and left open garbage in the hallway.

  • SombreroMucho

    This company should be shut down, period. Better yet, the founders should be forced to live in a building that has Airbnb’ers constantly. They have no clue. The service is dangerous and ends up destroying buildings.

    Hey Airbnb, some of us actually own apt and don’t want the super transient crowd you attract in our buildings.

    The attorney general needs to ban this disgusting service in NYC, ASAP.

  • Sh!t My Tenants Say

    These kids raise a ton of venture/vulture capital with the plan to change a NYC law meant to protect tenant safety and wellbeing. THAT should be criminal.
    They do not live in, nor care about NYC, or they would not spend millions trying to change a law, to sacrifice tenant safety for their own profits.
    As a property manager, not a week goes by where I don’t hear form tenants about other tenants trying to Airbnb. Monitoring this, and resolving the conflicts which constantly come up has become a regular part of my management.

  • Our tax-paying, fully transparent decades old B&B’s have been closing due to the proliferation of AirB&B and the low prices they are able to ask since they don’t charge hotel and sales tax, nor to they carry liability insurance, or have the expense of there own websites. It is sad that we are struggling to stay in business when tourism is booming. We are true mom and pop businesses that do NOT mix tourists and tenants. Why doesn’t the city spend their marketing dollars to tell tourists NOT to stay in illegal places? Millions of dollars is being spent to get visitors to come to NYC, just inform of the laws….. that would be a big help….

  • Ironpen

    love it … use it … use it everywhere in the world … I take my Uber to my AirBnB … APPS are Agents, not Principals to the transaction … APPs are providing an amazing second wave of internet productivity …

  • Josh Orellanes

    How can a person report an illegal hotel anonymously? I know a building that its used for this type of business. Also the person in charge teach others how to avoid the law.