The company’s head of global policy indicated it would be open to working closely with Australian lawmakers at a lunch with journalists Tuesday.
“Our perspective here is that we want to partner, and as they go through this, to be a resource,” Chris Lehane said.
Concerns have been raised, in Sydney especially, about the affect Airbnb is having on housing affordability. Sydney is now in the top five cities for Airbnb users globally.
The company has alway maintained that its business model makes use of spare rooms or people’s own homes while they’re on vacation, while its critics have accused it of obscuring the number of purely commercial listings. Read more…