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A little over 2 weeks back I wrote about how airbnb won a NYC appeal and members would be allowed to rent out rooms as long as a resident was home.
After hearing about this outcome I figured that airbnb would be safe and legal to use in NYC for years to come.
I received an e-mail from airbnb about signing a petition to change NY laws. The petition already has 3,500 signature but their goal is to get to 20,000. If the petition reaches that goal by October 20th an airbnb host Mishelle plans to personally deliver it to the NY senate.
When I checked the petition last night, there were 19,301 signatures so the goal will more than likely be reached.
What law is Mishelle’s petition trying to change? The New York Attorney General has subpoenaed the records of most of airbnb’s NY hosts. This subpoena is being fought to a change an old law which was “originally designed to stop slumlords from running illegal hotels with dozens of rental apartments”.
While I don’t host guests through airbnb, we did book a stay with airbnb during our trip to Singapore in the Summer of 2012. We had a great experience with airbnb and would defintely use it again.
For this reason, I support airbnb and immediately signed the petition.
If you’d like to sign the petition to help save airbnb in NY, click here.
Have any of you booked a stay with airbnb. If so, how did it go?