Airbnb and HomeAway, as well as other short term rental sites, will not be turning over their data when the new law takes effect in NYC next month. The US District Judge that heard the initial arguments in Airbnb Inc. v. City of New York, 18-cv-7712 granted a temporary injunction against the city ordinance, ruling that the data NYC is requesting does not have to be released. The claim is that the new law will violate privacy; read an article on Bloomberg here for more details.
This is being lauded as a significant win for Airbnb and its hosts. Judge Paul Engelmayer indicated that the law in its current form is most likely unconstitutional, hence the temporary injunction. His 52-page decision is available for your perusal here but does feel like quite the victory for the pro-Airbnb camp.
NYC sought data about Airbnb hosts so that they could better enforce their own laws. Here at LeaseAbuse, we’ve been covering this law since it went into effect. You may want to check out our past coverage in these blog posts:
- Breaking news: NYC Common Council Passes Strict Airbnb Bill, Mayor Expected to Sign - July 19, 2018
- Defeated in New York City, Airbnb shifts focus to New York State - August 17, 2018
- Breaking News: Airbnb Files Suit Against NYC Over Short-Term Rental Law - September 07, 2018