October 14, 2014 by westsideneighborhoodalliance
Jaron Benjamin, executive director of the Met Council on Housing, and Jonathan Westin, executive director of New York Communities for Change, wrote an op-ed for The New York Daily News in August outlining some of the ways in which Airbnb threatens affordable housing in New York City.
“Now, even as Mayor de Blasio makes an admirable effort to bend the trend lines, affordable housing in New York City faces a new threat that’s wrapped in the sheen of tech innovation: Airbnb, the website and app that makes it easier than ever for people to rent out rooms or whole apartments for short periods of time,” they wrote.
“[Before Airbnb,] landlords were evicting residents from affordable units and single-room occupancy buildings, opting to make more money by renting the residential units as unregulated, cut-rate hotel rooms, undermining the rent laws that protect our affordable housing and creating public safety issues,” they continued. “With the advent of Airbnb, the problem has suddenly gotten far worse.”
Airbnb makes it easier for dishonest landlords to illegally operate hotel rooms, which turns a much higher profit than collecting rent from tenants. In effect, this creates a dangerous incentive for landlords to pressure or force tenants out of their homes.
Learn more about Airbnb’s threat to affordable housing by reading the full article here.