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Airbnb’s rap is getting stale. Study after study shows that the vast majority of Airbnb listings are illegal hotels — full apartments or individual rooms rented for 30 nights or less without the owner present — but the company dismisses the data out of hand. First, Airbnb protested that data from the New York attorney […]

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Two City Council members want to arm tenants with a new law that would let them sue their landlords for using Airbnb to rent out neighboring apartments as illegal hotel rooms. Councilmembers Rory Lancman (D-Queens) and Rosie Mendez (D-Manhattan) plan to introduce their bill on Thursday.

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New York City Public Advocate Tish James Statement on Illegal Hotels Landlord List –  02.03.15 Illegal hotels operators use third parties like Airbnb to unlawfully convert residential units into more lucrative short-term rentals for transient visitors for fewer than 30 days in violation of state law. Illegal hotels exacerbate New York’s housing crisis by depleting […]

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New York City Public Advocate Tish James Statement on on Illegal Hotel Fire in Hell’s Kitchen –  02.06.15 Today, the City of New York filed a lawsuit in New York State Supreme Court alleging that four Manhattan apartment buildings were illegal used as hotels catering to tourists. Two of the buildings were cited in the […]

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NEW YORK – A five-story Manhattan building owned by one of the city’s worst illegal hotel landlords – Highpoint Associates VII LLC – was badly damaged by a major fire earlier this week. The incident occurred on the same day that Public Advocate Letitia James named Highpoint the top illegal hotel landlord in NYC with […]

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