New York City issues $2,400 fine for renting on Airbnb, but the law is still unclear


Nigel Warren, the New York tenant who ended up in trouble with the city after renting his room out on Airbnb, just got some bad news. A judge on the city’s Environmental Control Board (ECB), which arbitrates these matters, has found Warren’s landlord guilty of the violation and fined him $ 2,400. Although the fine was issued to the landlord, Warren officially accepted responsibility.

Airbnb sent a lawyer to the hearing to argue on Warren’s behalf, the first time the startup has intervened in such a case. New York City, where Airbnb is projected to do $ 1 billion in sales in 2013, is an important battleground for the startup, which has run into trouble with regulators in some cities. David Hantman, Airbnb’s head of public policy,…

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