Airbnb says New York renters should pay occupancy tax, pushes for looser hotel laws

After successfully overturning a fine against one of its New York City users, Airbnb is trying to preempt any future legal attacks. In a blog post today, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky says that he supports formal rental taxes, like those charged for hotels, as long as local regulators are willing to work on a law that made Airbnb’s business legal. Currently, New Yorkers can only host guests when someone is at home — Airbnb only got the fine overturned, for example, because the host’s roommate was still there. But this rule undercuts the service’s business model, and it’s frequently ignored.

“We want to work for sensible laws that allow New Yorkers to share their space,” says Chesky, laying out a three-point plan. Firstly, he wants an…

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