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Just How Many Illegal Airbnbs Are There in New York City?

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Community activist Murray Cox has set up a website called Inside Airbnb with the intended purpose of exposing the number of illegal rentals that the apartment-sharing site facilitates. According to his data, compiled from the website between January 1 and January 3, nearly 60 percent of the city's 27,392 listings were for properties in which the resident would not be present, 85 percent were available for more than 60 days, and 29 were for hosts with multiple listings, all violations of state law. Of course, this data is not comprehensive and it only shows listings that are available, failing to distinguish between the ones that have been rented and the ones that haven't. Still, you only have to look at the map to get a sense of how widespread the usage of the site has become.
· Inside Airbnb [official]
· New Map Shows Airbnb's Possibly Illegal Listings in NYC [ANIMAL NY]
· Use this map to explore Airbnb's takeover of New York City [Verge]