News Summary: NY prosecutor fights Airbnb

News Summary: State fights website that allows NYC dwellers to list homes to rent to tourists

Associated Press

GLASS HOUSING: New York's top prosecutor is demanding that Airbnb.com, an online housing rental site, turn over data on city dwellers who have listed on the site as part of an investigation into whether residents are breaking a state law that bars sublets for less than 30 days if occupants are not present.

NYC CRIBS: Visitors to sites like Airbnb.com can find rentals for as little as $35 a night, listed by residents willing to put strangers up in their homes.

LODGING COMPLAINTS: Some officials say the practice is illegal, undercuts the hotel industry, dodges taxes and could create building safety issues. Supporters in New York City say that they're providing a service that's valuable to them and their guests.

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