New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman is demanding information from apartment sharing website Airbnb. Schneiderman wants Airbnb hand over user data on around 15,000 New York City apartment hosts. Schneiderman subpoenaed the data based on a law from 2010 that makes renting out your own apartment illegal in New York City.
“[Airbnb] believes the Attorney General is only seeking to target an incredibly small number of bad actors who abuse the Airbnb platform,” stated Airbnb head of global public policy David Hantman.
Hantman also points out that the Attorney General is seeking a small number of people that abuse Airbnb. Some people have caused noise disturbances in the apartments that they have rented. Hantman said that the politicians that wrote that original New York law never designed it to go after ordinary people. They wanted to go after the landlords that wrongfully evict tenants so they can rent out the empty apartments and profit from them, according to BusinessInsider.
“We want to continue to work with policymakers to clarify these rules, fight illegal hotels, and ensure people in New York can share their homes with travelers from around the world,” added Hantman.