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After years of playing the nice guy, Airbnb now finds itself on the defensive in some of its biggest markets, and the pressure doesn’t suit. The company has unleashed lawsuits, held rallies, and spent millions on lobbying campaigns. It has decried political adversaries and brandished opposition research on hotels. The clashes lay bare an ugly truth: Under fire, Airbnb is a corporation like any other. It’s not that nice at all.
We can make sure neighborhoods throughout one of America’s most historic cities, a city we all love and fight for, remain homes for residents, not hotels for tourists. The current version of the legislation before the council refers to these whole-home rentals as “temporary rentals” and ostensibly places a 90-day limit on them each year. But that limitation means an absentee investor could rent a house out nearly every single weekend of the year without ever violating the law. That’s hardly a limitation. Whether they’re called whole-home rentals or temporary rentals, it’s bad for the people of New Orleans to be surrounded by party houses, and bad for our neighborhoods to be hollowed out by mini-hotels.
When two people were rescued from a fire in a Jackson Avenue short-term rental in April, the state Legislature briefly considered requiring short-term rental hosts to affirm that their properties had basic fire safety measures like fire extinguishers and smoke alarms, but the bill died after staunch industry opposition.
On the day of their Nov. 15 arrival at the 300-square-foot studio on West 22nd Street, Airbnb sent the couple a friendly “Tips for your New York trip” email. It stressed the importance of behaving as if they were staying with friends.