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February 19, 2013 at 9:31 AM

NPR spotlights Airbnb’s clash with local regulators

Airbnb, the popular website that helps you find a spare room in host homes all over the world, got some airing this morning on NPR’s Morning Edition. The four-minute piece told of a 30-year-old Manhattan web designer who had rented out his apartment to a Russian traveler while he was out of town and collected $300 — for which his landlord now faces up to $30,000 in municipal fines because he’s been charged with operating an illegal hotel.

In small print, Airbnb does warn hosts about checking local regulations, and is now campaigning with local governments to ease restrictions on such rentals. But the whole issue could put a chill on a sector of the lodging industry that had really heated up in the last couple years. Hear the NPR story here.

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