The heated debate around Airbnb doesn’t seem like it’ll be cooling off any time soon. Findings show that roughly 58% of the room-share listings here in NYC are illegal, and earlier this year the city ruled in favor of evicting a rent-stabilized tenant for listing his apartment at triple the price of his rent. Those against Airbnb claim that it threatens the affordable housing market, and a new video that we recently featured takes a jab at this issue. Created by ShareBetter, the video titled “Save the Moguls” makes the case that Airbnb is just a charity for struggling real estate bigwigs. Though it’s satirical, many do agree with this claim. Are you one of them?
The city’s fight against Airbnb continues to rage on, and this latest video created by ShareBetter jabs at the home-sharing company’s gross neglect when it comes to preserving much-needed affordable housing. Satirically dubbed “Save the Moguls,” the 60-second spot likens the multi-billion dollar powerhouse to a charity trying to being relief to the anguish that real estate bigwigs face when it comes to sustaining their extravagant lifestyles. “What would you do if you saw a real estate mogul right in front of you, all alone, clearly suffering?” the video posits. “They need your help to keep the sharing economy alive. By renting out just one of the hundreds of apartments and homes they’ve listed on Airbnb, you can join the fight against affordable housing.”
The city and the hotel industry have been waging war against Airbnb since last September in an effort to both preserve affordable housing and to protect hotel operators throughout the city. Though millions of dollars have been spent by both parties campaigning for change, apart from a couple of rulings ousting affordable renters for putting their apartments on the home-sharing site, not much has changed. Airbnb has failed to sway lawmakers, and the group leading the anti-Airbnb movement, ShareBetter, has only kept Airbnb from changing a state law that prohibits tenants in buildings with three or more units from renting out their home for short stays. In fact, according to Crain’s, Airbnb is thriving in NYC with now more than 27,000 rooms and apartments on its site.