Nine New York City Council members wrote a letter calling on executives of the Clinton Global Initiative to change their mind about using Airbnb to provide housing for their AmeriCorps volunteers, Crain’s reports.
In the letter, they accuse Airbnb of creating a marketplace that gives landlords an incentive to push out low-income tenants so they can rent out their apartments to tourists and others who use the online service. It is signed by City Councilmembers Helen Rosenthal, Daniel Garodnick, Corey Johnson, Ben Kallos, Rosie Mendez, Brad Lander, Mark Levine, Antonio Reynoso and Ritchie Torres.
“We believe in the Clinton Foundation’s guiding principle that ‘we’re all in this together,’ ” they write.
“But it appears Airbnb does not subscribe to this principle, as it is content to flout our laws, put tenants at significant risk, and deal a serious blow to our efforts to make this city more affordable for working New Yorkers.