New York hotel industry has spent more than $1 million in mailers and TV ads attacking Airbnb, using statistics, quotes and headlines, including those from a 2018 University study which found Airbnb rentals removed 13,000 apartments from New York City’s housing market in 2017, and raised average private rent by hundreds of dollars.

Another quotes figures showing that white landlords own 75%  of Airbnb rentals listed in predominantly black neighborhoods, while a television screenshot displays headlines about Airbnb’s lack of safety for guests.

The company insists that lower-income tenants become Airbnb hosts to earn essential income, but the Hotel Association ad claims 2/3 of Airbnb’s revenue in New York comes from illegal listings under the state’s transient occupancy law.

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