Earlier this month a federal judge sided with Airbnb and Homeaway in blocking a recently enacted New York City law requiring short-term rental sites to disclose certain user data. According to HousingWire, the law prevented landlords and tenants from illegally renting out apartments for a few days at a time to tourists. It also forced Airbnb-like sites to provide hosts’ names & addresses to the city (New York) each month, along with information about whether the rentals were for a whole apartment or a single room. HousingWire says the lawsuit nows proceed to discovery, which is scheduled to be completed within 100 days of the judge’s order. Stay tuned.
“This is a law to stop landlords from creating de facto hotels, which is unfair and illegal,” New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said when asked about the decision at a press conference. “We believe we’ll ultimately prevail.” (quote via Reuters)