Airbnb Subpoenaed by New York City
I have a friend. (By no means is it me.) My friend goes by the name Sharmon Sleon. When Sharmon travels out of the country, he usually rents his apartment on Airbnb. (Most often to someone from Germany or Sweden.) Without Airbnb, Sharmon (again, this is not me) wouldn’t be able to travel to foreign countries for fun and pleasure. Thank god for the reverend saint of apartment renting, Airbnb. But dark clouds are on the accommodation horizon. New York City has waged war against Airbnb. The city claims that the startup is driving business away from the over-priced NY hotel industry:
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman just slapped the company with a subpoena to hand over the user data of all New Yorkers who’ve listed their apartment on the site, the New York Daily News reported today. That’s about 225,000 users.
Worried about losing your right to Airbnb your apartment? Read the entire story here.