‘This is guerrilla war’: Airbnb squares up to city bosses


‘This is guerrilla war’: Airbnb squares up to city bosses

Astonishing New York incident reveals how vicious the company’s battles with cities worldwide have become

Laurence Dodds and Margi Murphy

It was a classic story of New York City politics. Peter Ward, head of the New York Hotel and Motel Trades Council, who had long been fighting Airbnb in the city, was revealed to own four homes with a reported combined worth of $2.4m (R36m).

“It’s hard to imagine something more outrageously hypocritical,” spat an anonymous Democratic Party activist.

But where did the story come from? The answer, according to Bloomberg, was from Airbnb itself, which had set opposition researchers to look into Ward’s life and then leaked the details to the New York Daily News...

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