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Airbnb hosts protest new rental law outside New York governor's office
Less than a week after New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that would severely limit the kind of properties New York City residents can rent out on Airbnb, about 50 hosts from the online service rallied outside Cuomo's office this morning to protest the new law. The new law prohibits Airbnb hosts from listing out unoccupied apartments for less than 30 days. Three days before Cuomo provided his sign-off, Airbnb attempted to provide a set of concessions that include setting up a host-registration system and limiting listings to just one property per host.The rally was organized by the New York Host Clubs, composed of hosts from New York's five boroughs. Airbnb describes Host Clubs as "host-led local organizations that drive initiatives to better their neighborhoods." Noah Trehan from advocacy group Internet Association and Mathew Minchelli from TechNet were also in attendance. In parallel, New York Assemblymember and bill sponsor Linda Rosenthal stood alongside anti-Airbnb protesters who held a counter-rally.