Illegal Airbnb listings are thriving in hipster Brooklyn, hotel lobby says

Investigation found some hosts tell their guests to lie about staying through short-term rental service

New York /
Oct.October 16, 2017 10:00 AM

The city might be trying to crack down on illegal Airbnb listings, but the site’s black market is still very popular in Brooklyn’s hipster neighborhoods.

The Hotel Association of New York hired the firm of former NYPD officer Herman Weisberg to look into illegal Airbnb activity, and he found that illegal listings in Williamsburg, Bushwick and Bedford-Stuyvesant—three of the most popular Airbnb neighborhoods in New York—are thriving, according to the New York Post.

Some hosts blatantly tell their guests not to say they are staying there for Airbnb to avoid getting in trouble, while other landlords have gone as far as hiring management companies to run their Airbnb listings, the Post reported.

City officials have recently stepped up their enforcement of illegal Airbnb listings. The Office of Special Enforcement issued 1,026 short-term-rental violations during the first six months of 2017 compared to 693 in 2016, a 32 percent increase.

Airbnb spokesperson Josh Meltzer slammed the hotel lobby for funding the undercover operation, and told the Post that private investigators like Weisberg were just harming the public.

“Responsible hosts who share their own home — and often just rooms in their homes — are now being targeted by industry-backed enforcement officials,” he said. [NYP]Eddie Small


Related Articles

arrow_forward_ios
Eric Gordon
Eric Gordon on the evolution of the residential data game — and how to stay competitive in the new world
Eric Gordon on the evolution of the residential data game — and how to stay competitive in the new world
Big Tech locations in NYC
MAP: Here’s a look at all the Big Tech locations in NYC
MAP: Here’s a look at all the Big Tech locations in NYC
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
Eric Adams, Kathryn Garcia and Maya Wiley (Getty/iStock, Photo Illustration by Kevin Rebong for The Real Deal)
Real estate looks like a winner in mayor’s race
Real estate looks like a winner in mayor’s race
Kathryn Garcia backers include Extell's Gary Barnett, BFC Partners' Donald Capoccia, and L+M's Ron Moelis and David Dishy (Getty, BFC, L+M)
Gary Barnett throws $50K behind PAC supporting Kathryn Garcia
Gary Barnett throws $50K behind PAC supporting Kathryn Garcia
611 St. Johns Place, Brooklyn, NY (Getty)
Workforce Housing Group solar deal will also pay for broadband
Workforce Housing Group solar deal will also pay for broadband
Hudson Yards (iStock)
EB-5 program set to expire at the end of June
EB-5 program set to expire at the end of June
RSA President Joe Strasburg (Jefferson Siegel) and Governor Cuomo (Getty)
Landlords ask Cuomo to ditch eviction ban after ending Covid restrictions
Landlords ask Cuomo to ditch eviction ban after ending Covid restrictions
arrow_forward_ios

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

Loading...