Crackdown Needed on Airbnb and Uber alike — piracy business models

In November 2013, I found out that a handful of my New York condo neighbors were renting out their units through Airbnb. This was unacceptable and I wrote an article in a major New York newspaper that helped fan a movement.  We made presentations to city council and the legislature and, three years later, the State of New York has essentially banned short-term rentals by Airbnb or others.  I’ve also kept Airbnb out of my Toronto building and have written about the so-called “sharing economy” (which includes Uber) and the public concerns they raise.  Many others — San Francisco, Berlin, Barcelona, to name a few — have followed New York by restricting or banning both Airbnb and often Uber too.    Read the article…………….


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