Two-thirds of NYC Airbnb listings are illegal: state attorney general

Almost two-thirds of the New York City apartments listed on the short-term rental site Airbnb violate the law, according to an analysis by state authorities, the New York Post reports.

The New York attorney general’s office will file the study in court on Monday, according to the Post. On Tuesday, Airbnb will appear in court to fight a subpoena issued by the attorney general for thousands of users’ data.

The attorney general’s office wants the data in order to identify people who are illegally renting out their apartments, the Post says. In New York City, an apartment may not be rented out for less than 30 days unless a “permanent resident” is present, according to the Post.

Court filings by the attorney general’s office say that Airbnb, which recently closed a $500 million funding round that valued the company at $10 billion, is fueling an illegal hotel industry that has led to an increased number of complaints about parties that cause problems including “vomit and baggage strewn in hallways,” the Post reports.

Source: New York Post

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