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The New York Times Calls Airbnb ‘Disingenuous’ in Op-Ed

Excerpt from New York Times

May 01, 2014 6:30 am

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Regulation can stifle innovation. It can also keep your neighbor from opening an methadone clinic. The Times’ op-ed addresses the vast promise of the industry while cutting through the PR.

— Jason Clampet

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Proponents of the “sharing economy” say websites like Airbnb that make it easy for people to rent a spare bedroom or an apartment on a short-term basis are a boon to cities like New York and San Francisco because they generate income for residents while giving visitors a cheap place to stay.

But advocates often ignore or casually dismiss big problems with these short-term rentals, including the fact that they are making housing less affordable in big cities by restricting supply. And in some cases the rentals may be illegal, which is one reason the New York state attorney general, Eric Schneiderman, has begun an investigation.

There are good reasons that governments regulate housing.

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