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Critics of Airbnb say the rental listing service is overrun with illegal hotels. Real estate moguls control multiple properties and use Airbnb to avoid oversight and taxes as a proper hotel.
But new Airbnb data says that the vast majority of property listers are renting out their own homes, simply using the service for a little extra income.
The study indicated that the vast majority (95 percent) of hosts offering an entire home (as opposed to only a guest room) have only one listing. And 99 percent of entire home properties are offered by hosts with only one or two listings (95 percent offer one listing, 4 percent offer two listings).
Most listings are not available year-round. Rather they are shared only occasionally, suggesting they are users’ primary residences. The median number of nights booked per listing in the past year was 42 with 84 percent of listings offered less than 120 days per year. Seventy-eight percent of listings were offered for less than 90 days per year.
ShareBetter, one of the leading voices against Airbnb, has wide-ranging support ranging from New York City Council members to Neighborhood and Tenants Associations, to Fair Housing coalitions. Its “Save the Moguls” campaign suggests that Airbnb serves “real estate moguls,” not everyday people. By using the service, users are joining “the fight against affordable housing.” The organization claims that “hundreds of thousands apartments are being turned into illegal hotels across the country by real estate giants using Airbnb.”
Read more about Airbnb’s user data findings here.