Airbnb Faces Harder Fight Than Uber — WSJ

In its fight to resist regulation in New York City, Airbnb resembles ride-sharing service Uber Technologies Inc., which last year beat back a proposal to limit its business in the city.

But the home-sharing service may not be as well-positioned as the San Francisco-based Uber was.

Bradley Tusk, a political strategist who helmed the Uber campaign in New York City, said Airbnb has had a harder time mobilizing its users against lawmakers because Airbnb guests often come from out of town and “state senators don’t care what some guy from Stockholm says.”

Airbnb hosts who live in New York City, he said, are reluctant to speak up because they “are not sure what they’re doing is even legal in the first place.”

Mr. Tusk added that Airbnb has tougher opponents than Uber’s taxi-industry opponents: “Affordable-housing advocates are much more sympathetic, and hotel trades are very powerful.”

Uber has faced setbacks, however. This year, an effort to bring it to upstate New York stalled in the state Legislature.

–Mike Vilensky

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