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Notes From The March 28 Airbnb NYC Update

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David Hantman, the public policy leader at Airbnb, gave an update via a conference call to New York City hosts about the ongoing case with New York City’s Attorney General. Mr. Hantman and his team also discussed the recent internal push to screen/remove “bad actors” from Airbnb, the tax policy surrounding being a host, and fielded several miscellaneous questions.

We attended the conference call, and took some notes. You can read the notes below, as well as listen to a recording of the call for any context you may need.

03.28.14 - Airbnb NYC Host Update Call

On the call from Airbnb:

Elizabeth does introductions and invites David to begin the update:

David beings to speak about the tax responsibility for hosts in NYC:

Airbnb is working on it with the city, but “it’s complicated”. Airbnb has offered and intends to take on the entire burden for collecting taxes on behalf of the host, and will add a line item during booking. Hosts do not have to do anything.

Airbnb would even like to collect and remit the taxes to the government on behalf of the host, but this is just in the idea phase. Airbnb can not pay the taxes on behalf of the guests/hosts. The guest needs to pay and the host needs to give that money to the government.

Various Notes:

There are 20,000 hosts in NYC. (13 mins into the call)

A host asked the question: “What is the actual law in NYC right now for hosts?”. David replied:

If you rent a shared space and you are there during the stay - it’s considered okay. If you rent a single family home, this is “generally okay” - if you don’t charge money. If you rent out your entire apartment while you’re not there - it’s not okay (but the gov’t says this is not enforced). Long-term rentals are okay (30+ consecutive days)

You can listen to the full recording here.

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