Boston City Councilor Michelle Wu has been a strong voice in favor of regulating short-term rentals in the city.
That may be why, on Tuesday, Airbnb sent out an email to Boston residents targeting Wu and her proposal, calling it "unreasonable." The company later issued a written statement that characterized her position as "anti-tenant, anti-middle class."
In a separate statement to Radio Boston, Airbnb says:
Airbnb supports the regulation of home sharing, which is why we’ve been working hand-in-hand with the City of Boston and local communities on reasonable rules for the last two years. Our goal is and has always been to work in good faith. In the past few months, several different approaches and amendments have been proposed. We represent thousands of residents across Boston who were concerned about where the regulations were heading. When our members get concerned, we want to make sure they have a voice.
We’re encouraged to see that Councilor Wu does not support a night cap on home sharing, and we look forward to getting back to working collaboratively with the city to put fair regulations in place that will benefit Boston and the people who support themselves and their families every day through home sharing.
This segment aired on April 19, 2018.
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