NYC council passes bill aimed at forcing home-sharing sites to disclose addresses and hosts for listings

By Courtney Gross  |  www.ny1.com |

It may be time for Airbnb to check out.

“This came out of us getting many, many complaints,” City Council Speaker Corey Johnson said.

The culmination of a months-long battle between the hotel industry and the multi-billion dollar website, the city council cracked down on home-sharing on Wednesday in what could be a big blow to Airbnb’s operation in the city.

The council voted unanimously to force sites like Airbnb to disclose addresses and hosts for each listing — information that is currently hidden. If the site does not comply, it could be subject to thousands upon thousands of dollars in fines.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.