Get All Access for $5/mo

Airbnb Is Suing New York City Over Short-Term Rental Restrictions: 'Extreme and Oppressive' The home-sharing and vacation rental marketplace is taking action against New York City's Local Law 18 which imposes restrictions on short-term rentals.

By Madeline Garfinkle

Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.

Ryan DeBerardinis | Shutterstock
Airbnb filed a lawsuit against New York City over the city's Local Law 18 which imposes restrictions on short-term rentals.

Airbnb filed a lawsuit against New York City on Thursday challenging the city's Local Law 18, which requires short-term rental hosts to register with the mayor's office.

In the suit, Airbnb says the law is the "most extreme and oppressive regulatory scheme yet" by requiring prospective hosts to file an application that includes a cluster of personal and private information, such as reporting the number of individuals living in the home who are not related to the applicant and informing the city of any changes.

Airbnb said such requests are "outrageous."

"[Hosts] must tell the government if, for example, a partner in a romantic relationship moves in or out of the house," the lawsuit states.

The suit also notes that the requirement for prospective hosts to comply with New York City's local rental laws is unrealistic as the law is "near impossible" for lay New Yorkers to understand.

Related: Airbnb Announces 'Anti-Party Crackdown' Ahead of Summer

"It is literally impossible to comply with a maze of complex regulations in different legal codes – which experts say no lay person who has not worked as a building code inspector could ever even hope to understand," Karen Dunn, an attorney representing Airbnb, said in a statement to Entrepreneur.

The company added in the lawsuit that it was informed by the mayor's office that, year to date, the city had only approved nine short-term rentals in all of NYC, accounting for merely 0.04% of all active non-hotel listings on Airbnb's platform that had been booked at least once since the start of 2023.

Entrepreneur has reached out to NYC Mayor Eric Adams' office for comment.

Madeline Garfinkle

News Writer

Madeline Garfinkle is a News Writer at Entrepreneur.com. She is a graduate from Syracuse University, and received an MFA from Columbia University. 

Want to be an Entrepreneur Leadership Network contributor? Apply now to join.

Growing a Business

How AI Startups Can Increase Their Chances of Success in Today's Landscape

The AI B2C sector is set to take off for startups that identify their market and address the tech challenges.

Business News

Report: Elon Musk to Donate $45 Million a Month to Pro-Trump Super PAC

Musk reportedly already made at least one donation to America PAC.

Buying / Investing in Business

Why Impact Investing Should Require a Framework for Measuring Success

As impact investors, we have an obligation to see beyond short-term profits. Measuring meaningful impact extends outside the walls of any particular investment in a portfolio.

Leadership

How to Lead and Manage Your Team During Times of Crisis

Here's how to guide your team in times of uncertainty.

Business News

Tesla Now Has Nearly 800 New Jobs Open — Up From Only 3 Roles in May

The job openings could indicate where Elon Musk wants to steer Tesla next.