AIRBNB DEBATE

Last night, Chris Lehane, Airbnb’s head of global policy and communications, told us why the company believes its program is a boon to New Yorkers. Tonight New York City’s Comptroller Scott Stringer tells us why he disagrees.

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> AIRBNB IS GOING TO THE MATTRESSES WITH SCOTT STRINGER.

NEW YORK CITY'S COMPTROLLER.

THE SUBLETTING GIANT IS FURIOUS WITH STRINGER'S OFFICE WITH A NEWLY RELEASED REPORT CLAIMING THE COMPANY OPERATIONS DROVE UP RENTS FOR MILLIONS OF NEW YORKERS.

ACCORDING TO STRINGERS'S REPORT RENTS ROSE ACROSS THE IS CITY BY 10% FROM 2009 TO 2016 WHICH HE ATTRIBUTES TO AIRBNB OPERATIONS.

AIRBNB FIRED BACK FILING A FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST TO FIND OUT THE MOTIVE BEHIND THE STUDY CLAIMING THAT THE COMPTROLLER IS IN THE ARMS OF THE HOTEL INDUSTRY.

ANY ALSO TOOK TO THE AIRWAVES WITH THIS AD AIRING ACROSS ALL FIVE BUROUGHS.

THIS IS COMPTROLLER SCOTT STRINGER.

HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR YOUR TAX DOLLARS.

AND HE JUST USED THEM TO PUT OUT A FALSE REPORT MISLEADING NEW YORKERS ABOUT HOME SHARING.

THE REPORT HAS BEEN CALLED DEEPLY FLAWED AND PATHETIC.

THE COMPTROLLER USED AIRBNB AS A SCAPEGOAT FOR HOUSING AFFORD ABILITY CRISIS.

COMPTROLLER STRINGER INSTEAD OF FALSELY ATTACKING NEW YORKERS TRYING TO MAKE ENDS MEET WHY MOT WORK WITH THE CHUNT TO HELP KEEP PEOPLE IN HOMES.

YESTERDAY WE WELCOMED CHRIS LA HAN TO THE PROGRAM THE HEAD OF AIRBNB.

TONIGHT IT'S THE TURN OF SCOTT STRINGER TO OFFER HIS REBUTTAL.

WELCOME BACK TO THE PROBLEM.

GOOD TO BE HERE.

YOUR REACTION TO THE COMMERCIAL.

LISTEN, THIS AIRBNB CREW THEY ARE FREAKING OUT BECAUSE WE DID A REPORT THAT SHOWS WHAT EVERYONE HAS BEEN THINKING FOR SOME TIME, WHICH IS FIRST NEW YORK CITY IS SEEING A HUGE INCREASE IN RENT ACROSS THE BOARD.

WE ESTIMATE IN THIS REPORT THAT BETWEEN 2009 AND 2016 RENTS HAVE SHOT UP 25%. THAT'S WHY PEOPLE ARE HAVING TROUBLE MAKING IT IN THE CITY.

THAT'S WHY PEOPLE ARE FORCED OUT OF COMMUNITIES.

WE HAVE A HOUSING CRISIS.

BUT AS PART OF THAT REPORT WE ALSO IDENTIFIED THAT ABOUT 9% THAT HAVE 25% COULD BE ATTRIBUTED TO AIRBNB RENTALS.

THAT WAS THE REPORT.

AND THE LOBBYISTS, THE BACK ROOM DEALERS, THEY CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH.

WHAT THEY'RE DOING IS PERSONALLY COMING AFTER ME WHICH IS FINE I'M THE COMPTROLLER I CAN TAKE IT.

BUT THEY'RE ALSO COMING AFTER NEW YORK CITY WITH THE COMMERCIALS.

BECAUSE WHAT THEY'RE TRYING TO DO IS CONFUSE WHAT'S REALLY AT STAKE HERE.

THEY HAVE A BUSINESS MODEL THAT DOES NOT PLAY BY THE RULES.

AND WE HAVE A CITY THAT NEEDS AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

WELL, THERE IS CERTAINLY GROWS THERE IS DEFINITELY A HOUSING CRISIS IN THE CITY.

BUT WE DID SPEAK WITH CHRIS LA HAN YESTERDAY.

HE WAS SAYING ONE OF THE PROBLEMS THEY HAD WITH THE REPORT WAS THAT THE NUMBERS THAT WERE USED FROM I BELIEVE IT WAS AIR DNA EITHER MISUNDERSTOOD OR SOMEHOW MANIPULATED OR SOMETHING IN THE REPORT THAT YOU WERE USING.

SO I JUST WANT TO.

OF COURSE HE IS GOING TO SAY THAT.

WHAT'S HE SUPPOSED TO SAY?

THIS IS A PRACTICE AND PATTERN THAT AIRBNB DOES APPREHEND THE COUNTRY.

THEY GO IN.

A STUDY HAPPENS.

THEY IMMEDIATELILY SAY THE STUDY IS NOT ACCURATE, THE DATA WRONG THIS IS WRONG.

WHEN THE ATTORNEY GENERAL DID A STUDY SHOWING 72% OF THE RENTALS MAY NOT BE PLAYING BY THE RULES THAT'S WRONG.

THEY DO THIS ALL OVER THE COUNTRY.

WHAT AIRBNB IS SAYING AS I WANTED IN THE SBROE YOU ARE IN THE ARMS OF THE HOTEL INDUSTRY.

IN FACT WE HAVE A CLIP FROM CHRIS LA HAN FROM YESTERDAY.

WE HAVE ASKED THE COMPTROLLER AND RESPECTFULLY COULD YOU ANSWER YES OR NO DID YOU ENGAGE AND HAVE CONVERSATIONS YOU OR YOUR OFFICE WITH PEOPLE OR ENTITIES REPRESENTING THE HOTEL INDUSTRY?

IT'S A REALLY REALLY SIMPLE QUESTION.

THERE IT IS SIMPLE QUESTION YES OR NO.

HE IS REALLY MAD ABOUT THIS REPORT.

OF COURSE I TALKED TO THE HOTEL UNION.

OF COURSE WE TALKED TO HOTEL TRADES COUNCIL.

THEY'RE THE PEOPLE REPRESENTING WORKING FOLKS IN NEW YORK.

BUT BY THE WAY, I CAN TALK TO WHOEVER I WANT WHEN I'M ALIGNED ON THE ISSUE.

HERE IS WHERE I AGREE WITH THE UNION.

AIRBNB IS DRIEPG UP RENTS.

AIRBNB IS BAD FOR BUSINESS.

AIRBNB HAS TO REFORM ITS ITSELF AND GET OVER ITSELF IF THEY WANT TO BE A PLAYER IN NEW YORK CITY.

WHAT CHRIS IS UPSET ABOUT IS WE FINALLY BLEW THE LID OFF WHAT WE'VE KNOWN A LOG IN TIME PROCESS THEY DON'T RELEASE FAIR DATA.

NOT MRIING BY THE RULES AND NOW COMING IN HERE TRYING TO CONFUSE EVERYBODY.

WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THE FAMILIES OR PEOPLE WHO RELY ON AIRBNB TO TO BE ABLE TO AFFORD TO STAY IN THEIR HOMES.

THERE IS LAW THAT IS GIVE THEM THE RIGHT TO RENT OUT THEIR ROOM AND APARTMENT.

THAT'S THE LAW IN NEW YORK CITY.

AND SO I SUPPORT THOSE GOOD CITIZENS OF NEW YORK, THE OVERWHELMING MAJORITY OF PEOPLE WHO DO THAT.

BUT THAT'S NOT WHAT THIS FIGHT IS ABOUT.

THIS IS ABOUT THE MULTIPLE LISTINGS, THE SPECULATIVE -- THE OPERATORS NOT PLAYING BY THE RULES.

AIRBNB IS AWARE OF THIS BECAUSE IT'S NOT JUST PLAYING OUT IN NEW YORK CITY.

IT'S THROUGHOUT THE WORLD.

IT'S PLAYING OUT ACROSS AMERICA.

AND WHEN YOU LOOK AT THE HOUSING CRISIS AND YOU LOOK IN SOME OF OUR COMMUNITIES PEOPLE BEING PUSHED OUT -- FIRST OF ALL SENIORS WHO HAVE SPENT A LIFETIME BUILDING OUR CITY THAT'S THE FIGHT HERE.

I APPRECIATE WHEN A CORPORATE GIANT COMES AFTER ME AND TRIS TO PUT THEIR MARKER DOWN.

I'M GLAD TO BE ON THE SHOW TO SAY I'M NOT BACKING DOWN.

WE WILL DOUBLE DOWN AND PROTECT THE PEOPLE OF OUR CITY BECAUSE THAT'S MY JOB AND ELECTED TO DO THAT.

WELL LISTEN COMP STROLLER STRINGER FOR COMING ON THE PROGRAM AND GIVING US YOUR SIDE OF THE REBUTTAL AND SIDE OF THE STORY.

WE'LL BE LOOKING FOR MORE INFORMATION RELEASED SOMETIME SOON I HOPE.

ME TOO.

THANK YOU.

Funders

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