Airbnb to NY: We’ll Try to Get Rid of Those Illegal Hotels We Said Didn’t Exist

Looks like Airbnb is finally acknowledging the problem of illegal hotels and commercial operators in New York.

After months of being called out for bad behavior and with a bill that threatens to bring numerous fines to the $30 billion company sitting on the governor’s desk, a couple of new policies seems like the least they could do.

If we had any faith it would actually be enforced, it could be a step in the right direction, but the real question is: who’s going to monitor this and ensure the rules are being followed? Where is the oversight?

Because we know Airbnb doesn’t exactly have the best record of transparency.

Moreover, if they’re doing this in NY, shouldn’t they be doing this everywhere they operate?

Especially considering we know that more than 40% of their revenue in 14 of the largest US cities comes from multi-unit operators.

We’ll see if Airbnb actually follows its own new “three strikes” policy. If you want to know how good Airbnb is a policing itself, look no further than CEO Brian Chesky.

Chesky has already been caught breaking San Francisco’s law that any unit being rented on Airbnb must be registered with the city. Turns out, he didn’t register and continued to rent his home almost a year after the San Francisco law was passed.

What a great role model for Airbnb users.