Airbnb Just Dropped Over 2,000 Listings In New York
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A popular movie trope features characters tossing out bulky items from their plane to lighten the load when trying to escape. In a figurative way, Airbnb is doing that very thing in New York.
Bloomberg’s Eric Newcomer reports rental-listing service Airbnb has dropped 2,233 listings previously operating in New York.
The reason is as simple as cleaning up the house before the proverbial parents return. As TravelPulse’s Patrick Clarke previously reported, Governor Andrew Cuomo is in the process of deliberating signing or vetoing a bill that would make illegal advertising rentals for home or apartments for a period less than 30 days.
As you might have guessed, this bill would drastically impact Airbnb and its complement of state listings.
Fast forward to this week and Airbnb is playing nice by jettisoning questionable listings such as those that belong to agencies that have multiple posts on the site.
Bloomberg cites a statement that offers the thousands of now voided listings were from, “hosts with multiple listings that could impact long-term housing availability.”
Its statement continues with a vehement stance against questionable listings: “Airbnb strongly opposes illegal hotels and continues to remove listings that appear to be controlled by commercial operators and do not reflect Airbnb’s vision for our community.”
As Gothamist found, the properties weren’t axed in an instant. The number actually represents listings canceled from November 2015 to June 2016 – which includes over 1,500 posts found around Manhattan.
For those who think Airbnb is a cash cow ready to offer unbelievable monetary sums to those with the means and the property, the company has divulged stats that run counter to that sentiment.
Business Insider as well as other publications state those in NYC make on average $5,474 through Airbnb from the 12-month period bookended by June 2015 and June 2016.
The website continues, “Those in Midtown Manhattan earn $8,286 from Airbnb, while hosts in Queens are earning about $4,100 in one year. As of June 1, New York City had 41,373 active listings.”
Whether those thousands of properties remain an option for tourists remains largely up to Governor Cuomo.
It remains to be seen if the preceding numbers are enough to convince the governor that Airbnb is a worthwhile option for the citizens of New York or simply too much trouble than it’s worth.
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