Post by High Priestess on Apr 4, 2018 15:07:56 GMT
New Orleans is finding it difficult to enforce part of their STR law, since enforcement depends on data they get from Airbnb and HomeAway, et al, and they are finding that these companies dont' want to provide data, or perhaps the data is not reliable.
Those problems were anticipated by critics who said from the start that the city's short-term rental regulations were too lax and could not be enforced. In part, that’s because the city is reliant on Airbnb and other rental platforms themselves for the data needed to crack down on properties that go over their cap.
HomeAway, the second-largest player in the market, has refused to assist city efforts to identify scofflaws, the city says.
“HomeAway has made it clear they do not wish to assist us on any terms but their own,” Safety and Permits Director Jared Munster said in an emailed statement Tuesday.
And with Airbnb, the larger platform, there have been delays in tying listings to actual addresses.
The data provided to the city identify properties by strings of letters and numbers that only the two companies have the ability to match with actual addresses. The companies are supposed to provide actual addresses within 30 days after getting an "administrative subpoena" from the city.
That hasn’t exactly worked out, however.
HomeAway explicitly turned down the city's request.
I think it's good when these companies refuse to cooperate with assisting the government, as HomeAway has done but Airbnb has not.