Chesky’s remarks target those made by San Francisco regulators and residents, who criticized home-sharing company and their neighbors who frequently use it for contributing to the city’s affordable housing crisis.
Airbnb spent $8 million to defeat Proposition F, which would have limited the number of nights homeowners could rent their space, allowed neighbors to sue for legal violations, and prohibit using converted basements or garages into accessory units called in laws for short-term rentals.
Voters struck down the proposition 55 percent to 45 percent — a victory opponents of the measure characterized as a win for middle-class families trying to make extra money.
Home-sharing is “on the side of history,” and Airbnb is frankly “so big that no army could ever really stop it,” the company’s public policy director Chris Lehane told conferees Thursday, Mashable reported.
Airbnb seems to be feeling itself a bit since defeating a debated proposition in San Francisco last week that could have subjected the company to more regulation. At its conference for hosts in Paris Thursday, Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky told attendees that naysayers and critics just “do not understand” what home-sharing is all about.