“Adding data to the debate” is the tagline of this new interactive map called Inside Airbnb, which has plotted all listings as of June 1st from the popular room-sharing website. The searchable bird’s eye map was created by Bed Stuy photographer Murray Cox to show “how Airbnb is being used to compete with the residential housing market” in cities around the world (h/t Gothamist). In addition to looking at the trend across the city as a whole, the map allows users to zoom into a specific neighborhood and look at how an Airbnb presence has changed in a given area over the past few years.
Back in February, we shared a report that said 58 percent of Airbnb listings were possibly illegal. Listings that fall into this category are those for entire apartments or houses, as in this case the tenant wouldn’t be present, and according to a state multiple dwelling law that was introduced in 2010, it’s illegal to lease homes for less than 30 days when the owner or tenant isn’t there (single-family and two-family dwellings are exempt from this law). Inside Airbnb backs this claim up: its data says that of more than 27,000 listings in NYC, 57 percent are for the entire home. And of these full-residence postings, 53 percent are frequently rented for more than 60 days, and 24 percent are multi listings where the host is not living there, which one can assume means that these Airbnb users are running illegal businesses through the site.
The map has three different colored points: red for entire homes; green for private rooms; and blue for shared rooms (you’ll see very few blue dots). You can click on any dot and see all of the relevant information (minimum night stay, price per night, estimated occupancy rate, etc.). You can also click through to the actual Airbnb listing.
It’s also interesting to see how dense listings are in neighborhoods like Williamsburg and the East Village and how that drastically changes in places like Brooklyn Heights and Forest Hills.
Explore Inside Airbnb here.
All images via Inside Airbnb
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