Airbnb v. New York
By Neal Broverman
A war between home-rental service Airbnb and New York State attorney general Eric Schneiderman is on hold for now, as the company agreed to release certain data on New York City residents who open their homes to tourists.
Schneiderman was trying to get the into on the Airbnb hosts for awhile, but the company balked at the request. The attorney general says it's in the best interest of NYC residents and tourists for the state to have details on the hosts — the A.G. believes some residents are turning their homes into de-facto hotels (which don't have regulation or pay the same taxes as, say, Marriott or Hilton).
Airbnb will release "anonymized" data to the state so it can better find those property owners who have turned their apartments or homes into full-time Airbnb crashpads. Read more here.