New York attorney general, Airbnb reach accord

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 21, 2014 at 12:58 pm •  Published: May 21, 2014

A judge last week rejected Schneiderman's request to subpoena information about hosts, first filed last year, saying it was overly broad. However, Judge Gerald Connolly wrote there was evidence that "a substantial number of hosts" may be violating New York law and tax provisions. The subpoena request was narrowed and refiled.

The state law prohibits owners or renters of apartments in multi-unit buildings from renting them for less than 30 days unless they remain present. The law permits having boarders or renting rooms.

"We wanted to do everything we could to avoid turning over data on thousands of regular New Yorkers, so we continued to work with the attorney general's office and we now believe we have reached an agreement that will protect the privacy of thousands of Airbnb hosts, while allowing the attorney general to investigate bad actors and move us forward," Airbnb's David Hantman said in a Web posting Wednesday.

Hantman said they are committed to working with authorities around the world to ensure they know more about home sharing and how it makes neighborhoods better places to live. He noted New York's law that made the investigation possible is still on the books, "and we need to change that law to allow anyone in New York who wants to rent out their own home to do so."