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The local fines that Airbnb doesn’t want users to know about

Excerpt from New York Times

Dec 02, 2012 5:29 am

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Airbnb does not want to warn its hosts of their legal obligations because doing so would not only scare away tens of thousands of listings, it would put the Achilles’ Heel of their business model in full display.

— Jason Clampet

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But when he returned from a three-night trip to Colorado, he heard from his landlord. Special enforcement officers from the city showed up while he was gone, and the landlord received five violations for running afoul of rules related to illegal transient hotels. Added together, the potential fines looked as if they could reach over $40,000.

Mr. Warren, like many if not most Airbnb users, had not read the terms and conditions on Airbnb’s Web site telling him not to break any laws (while also wiping the company’s hands clean of responsibility for hosts’ compliance with those laws).

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