It has been more than a decade since the US Congress first passed the Airbnb ban.
Now, the Trump administration is reportedly looking to do away with it.
The Washington Post reports that the US Attorney General has indicated he would be “considering” making the ban permanent.
But this may not happen.
According to a recent op-ed in the Wall Street Journal, the Attorney General’s Office is considering moving to overturn the ban and potentially make it permanent.
“There’s no real way to do it,” Assistant Attorney General Paul Calandra told the newspaper.
“The law hasn’t changed, but there’s a lot of pressure for us to take a hard look at what we can do.”
Calandra has previously stated that the government will not “expire” the ban in 2017.
“It is not a legal requirement to keep the ban on the books in 2017,” he said.
“But it is important to remember that Congress did pass a law to expire it, so it’s not like the Trump Administration is going to get away with something that Congress has not enacted.”
The Trump Administration has also recently issued a warning to Airbnb hosts about possible legal action from the state of New York.
It has also promised to continue to enforce the ban.
The New York City Department of Financial Services is now working on a list of Airbnb hosts who have violated the ban, the Associated Press reports.
The new list will be made public in two weeks.
“We’re still in the process of identifying hosts who violate our policy and we’re going to keep making sure that they’re not being given notice,” Airbnb’s vice president of government affairs, David Mankins, told the AP.
The ban has been enforced in New York and the District of Columbia since at least December 2018.
However, it has not been implemented in the rest of the US.
Airbnb hosts are allowed to keep their properties open as long as they have no more than three guests.
As of December 2018, the company reported 623,000 hosts in the US, according to the company’s own data.
“Many hosts who operate in a way that is compliant with the law do so to help guests stay connected and stay safe on the platform,” Airbnb told the Washington Post.
The US Attorney’s Office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
Meanwhile, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has been in the headlines over the last few weeks over his plans to legalize Airbnb.
Earlier this month, Cuomo’s administration issued a plan that would allow hosts to rent out their properties in New Yorkers’ names.
This is a huge win for Airbnb hosts, who could potentially have to pay a $1,500 fine for allowing their property to be used by guests, according the Associated New York Times.
The bill has also received support from the New York Civil Liberties Union.