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Should short-term apartment leasing services such as Airbnb be prohibited in New York City?
Airbnb is unsafe and puts people at risk of damage and harm.
Many hosts have
about past Airbnb guests.
The housing crisis caused by Airbnb causes particular harm to low-income members of the community.
Airbnb puts people at risk of undertaking illegal activities by failing to notify hosts of the relevant laws.
Travellers will not be vetted in the same manner as long term leasers. They could have a record of causing disturbances to neighbours or damaging property, and still be permitted to stay in Airbnb listings.
There is a greater likelihood that those renting short term will damage property than there is for long-term tenants.
Airbnb listings are not currently vetted before being put on the website and may be unsafe or otherwise unsuitable.
Airbnb operates in residential areas, listing many apartments of which the neighbours are permanent residents. This means travellers risk impinging on the lives of residents.
More Airbnb usage necessarily increases the number of unfamiliar faces in a given neighbourhood, leading to overall less cohesive neighbourhoods. Research shows that such diminished social cohesion leads to
higher crime rates
If the risks were that high, people would have ceased to use Airbnb.
These risks are not inherent to the service itself, but to the way hosts and guests use it.
Airbnb poses risks primarily to the hosts, who have opted-in to those risks and are covered by Airbnb's insurance policies.
All the risks that Airbnb guests pose to the community are also posed by local residents of that community.