Airbnb sells out hosts in NYC lawsuit settlement

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After rallying hosts to fight a New York state law that fines them for posting technically illegal listings on Airbnb, the company has abandoned the cause. 

Airbnb settled a lawsuit against New York on Friday on the condition that fines for violating the states’s apartment rental rules would only be leveled against hosts and not the company. The law was always written in a way that implied its fines of up to $7,500 would apply to hosts, but now Airbnb has that distinction in writing. 

“We very much see this as a material step forward for our hosts, with Airbnb and the city agreeing to ‘work cooperatively on ways to address New York City’s permanent housing shortage, including through host compliance with Airbnb’s One Host, One Home policy,'” Airbnb said in a statement. “We look forward to using this as a basis to finding an approach that protects responsible New Yorkers while cracking down on illegal hotels that remove permanent housing off the market or create unsafe spaces.”  Read more…

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