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Judge orders Airbnb to partially comply with NYC subpoenas seeking user data as legislators mull bill regulating home-sharing


Added 05-20-19 06:13:02pm EST - “Manhattan Supreme Court Justice James d'Auguste ordered the company last Thursday to hand over information about rental transactions in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens dating back to 2011, the New York Law Journal first reported.” - Nydailynews.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nydailynews.com: “Judge orders Airbnb to partially comply with NYC subpoenas seeking user data as legislators mull bill regulating home-sharing”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

ALBANY — A Manhattan judge gave the city a partial win over Airbnb — ordering the home-sharing site to hand over some of its user data as officials investigate potentially illegal rentals.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice James d’Auguste ordered the company last Thursday to hand over information about rental transactions in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens dating back to 2011, the New York Law Journal first reported.

D’Auguste determined the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement was within its rights to request the documents as it seeks to determine whether certain hosts have broken the law, but limited the scope of the subpoenas.

“The decision makes clear to all online platforms that OSE is entitled to evidence related to illegal short term rentals,” Christian Klossner, the OSE’s executive director, told the Law Journal in a statement.

Critics claim the service leads some landlords to turn properties into de facto hotels, unfairly takes units off the market and adds to high housing costs and overcrowding.

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