Airbnb releases NYC data (sort of)

Trove is available by appointment only, at the company's office

New York /
Dec.December 01, 2015 02:15 PM

After years of holding their cards close to their chests, Airbnb executives in New York are inviting would-be analysts to the company’s offices to peruse its user data.

The firm, in the midst of a push for political acceptance in the city, made available anonymized information about the length of time that units are rented, as well as the amount of money made by hosts.

The data — only available through an appointment at Airbnb’s New York office — will allow analysts to assess the legality and economic impact of the service, which hosts over 2 million listings in 34,000 cities worldwide. 

Of those, 35,966 were in New York, according to the New York Daily News.

Airbnb, valued at $25.5 billion, is by far the largest player in the online short term rental market. The company promised to release data after clashing with members of the City Council last month, the New York Times reported.

Airbnb is fighting three bills currently making their way through the city that would increase penalties and strengthen disclosure rules related to the company’s service.

The firm has been criticized for enabling some of its users to violate the city’s subleasing law, which forbids subleases of fewer than 30 days unless the owner or lawful tenant is present for the duration of the stay. Critics have also cited so-called “commercial hosts” on the site, whose units are rented so frequently as to render them de-facto hotels, removed from the local rental market.

In October, The Real Deal attempted to quantify the effect of “commercial hosts” on various neighborhoods’ rent using information scraped from the company’s website by independent data site Inside Airbnb. [NYT] Ariel Stulberg


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
From left: Mayor Bill de Blasio, 54 West 39th Street, 62 Grand Street, and 208 West 30th Street (Credit: Google Maps)
The Airbnb crackdown continues: City targets three more buildings
The Airbnb crackdown continues: City targets three more buildings
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Stanley “Skip” Karol, an Airbnb host (Credit: Getty Images and Youtube)
Airbnb host narrowly clears hurdle in First Amendment claim against city
Airbnb host narrowly clears hurdle in First Amendment claim against city
A West Village Airbnb listing (Credit: Airbnb)
Airbnb Luxe launched without listings in one of their biggest potential markets — why?
Airbnb Luxe launched without listings in one of their biggest potential markets — why?
Konrad Bicher (Twitter)
The “Wolf of Airbnb” speaks out
The “Wolf of Airbnb” speaks out
Recycled Tire House
Couple wins $100K to build short-term rental out of tires
Couple wins $100K to build short-term rental out of tires
(Photo Illustration by The Real Deal with Getty)
“You might have the wrong address:” Evicted tenant operated illegal Airbnb out of Charlotte condo
“You might have the wrong address:” Evicted tenant operated illegal Airbnb out of Charlotte condo
A photo illustration of Konrad Bicher (Twitter/konrad_bicher)
“Wolf of Airbnb” charged over short-term rental scheme
“Wolf of Airbnb” charged over short-term rental scheme
The Santa Fe Castle and Ian Dennis (Google Maps, Scalpp.com)
Texas couple renovates legendary crumbling castle
Texas couple renovates legendary crumbling castle
arrow_forward_ios

The Deal's newsletters give you the latest scoops, fresh headlines, marketing data, and things to know within the industry.

Loading...