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Nigel Warren, the New York tenant who ended up in trouble with the city after renting his room out on Airbnb, just got some bad news. A judge on the city’s Environmental Control Board (ECB), which arbitrates these matters, has found Warren’s landlord guilty of the violation and fined him $2,400. Although the fine was issued to the landlord, Warren officially accepted responsibility.
Airbnb sent a lawyer to the hearing to argue on Warren’s behalf, the first time the startup has intervened in such a case.
… Airbnb decried the decision and dismissed it as a case of “overzealous law enforcement officials.”
“This decision runs contrary to the stated intention and the plain text of New York law, so obviously we are disappointed,” Airbnb said in a statement.