In Twitter Spat, Assemblywoman Niou Tells off Airbnb Over Rising Rents and Displacement

Posted on: May 8th, 2018 at 5:00 am by

It was a moment to sit back and grab popcorn. Savage. Watching in real time as New York Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou (65th District) took Airbnb to task. Openly on Twitter.

Media reports over the last week have publicized City Comptroller Scott Stringer’s controversial study showing a direct relationship between Airbnb influx and rising rents around the city, but gentrifying neighborhoods like the Lower East Side, in particular. According to Stringer’s findings, Airbnb’s influence cost New Yorkers $616 million in additional rent in 2016 as a result of the added price pressures.

Check out the snippy exchange between Assemblywoman Niou and Airbnb head of New York public policy Josh Meltzer below. You’ll note her reference to displaced tenants of 85 Bowery who were forced to dumpster dive after their landlord, Joseph Betesh, discarded personal belongings curbside.

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