USA- Airbnb challenged the city of New York on Friday with an indictment of "an extraordinary act of government surrender," a new law requiring hosting platforms to disclose information about guests.
It was a dramatic escalation in the $ 30 billion company struggle and the authorities in the most populous city in the United States, amid a global response to startups with "collaborative economy" that have put the traditional industries to the test. .
The rental site filed a lawsuit in a federal court in Manhattan calling for the destruction of the law and is labeled as a "multi-million dollar" campaign funded by the hotel's powerful lobby. "
The law, which comes into effect on February 2, 2019, requires platforms such as Airbnb to provide information about guests. The measure also imposes significant fines for non-compliance.
The 29 page & # 39; s lawsuit called the regulation & # 39; illegal & # 39; and argues that it violates critical privacy protection & # 39; for both shared-use platforms and New Yorkers.
"No probable cause, notification or legal assessment is considered in connection with the massive collection of these data, and no real restrictions are imposed on their use or disclosure," the complaint said.
The city council reacted hard on this Friday.
"This law gives the city the essential data needed to preserve our housing stock, keep visitors safe and ensure that residents feel safe," says Christian Klossner, Executive Director of the city's special compliance office. . "This city is going to defend it."
Proponents of the law say that the legislation suppresses illegal rent in the short term, which in their view increases prices and makes homes less affordable.
Airbnb claims that the majority of users in the city are New Yorkers who try to rent a home in their homes. New York is the largest market of the company in the United States.
The state of New York has already tightened the rules in 2016 by applying high fines for those who rent an apartment for less than 30 days, which is in violation of the law, unless the owner or lessor is present.
According to demand, the full house rental offers represent only 0.8% of houses in this city with 8.5 million inhabitants.