New York Attorney General Back on War Path Over Illegal airbnb Rentals

Airbnb Listings Mostly Illegal, New York State Contends

From the New York Times, October 16, 2014

Airbnb, the pioneering home rental service, presents itself as useful and virtuous, but the reality is far less benign, according to a report that Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York attorney general, released on Thursday.

The report will say nearly three-quarters of all Airbnb rentals in the city are illegal, violating zoning or other laws. Commercial operators, not hard-luck residents, supply more than a third of the units and generate more than a third of the revenue. At least a handful of landlords are running what amount to illegal hostels.

Click here to read the Attorney General’s Report