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Sf Landlords Sued By City Pay $276,000 Fine For Short-term Renting: Are Nyc Landlords Next?
by BrickUnderground

Just days after New York City Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal revealed the results of her undercover investigation of Airbnb rentals, the city of San Francisco has levied a six-figure penalty in the settlement of a lawsuit it filed against two landlords for evicting rent-controlled tenants and using their apartments as short-term digs available on Vrbo, HomeAway and, yes, Airbnb.

SocketSite, which reports on real estate goings-on in SF, has city attorney Dennis Herrera lauding the settlement for being “a strong cautionary message to current and would-be wrongdoers that there is a steep price to pay for flouting.

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City council backs tenants, plans new law to sue landlords for using Airbnb
by NY Post

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.

It would add the conversion of apartments for stays shorter than 30 days — which are barred by state law to the types of tenant “harassment” that carry fines up to $5,000.

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