Seventeen community groups and 25 elected officials, including New York, Portland and Seattle city council members, have singled a letter to the Federal Trade Commission calling for the collection of listing and revenue data from Airbnb. The rationale is that the data could help shape a policy to regulate short-term rentals, as city leaders say housing costs are rising amid housing shortages.
“We know that short-term rentals can exacerbate housing shortages, but we often lack the data we need to address this problem while encouraging business innovation,” David Campos, a supervisor in San Francisco, stated in the press release.
This is the second such call the FTC has received about Airbnb; Senators Elizabeth Warren, Dianne Feinstein and Brian Schatz sent a similar letter in July.
An Airbnb spokesperson has responded to the call, saying that Airbnb has met with the Federal Trade Commission on the issue of hotel price gouging. They also said that Airbnb is eager to work with lawmakers and regulators “who want to learn more about how home sharing helps the middle class.”