NY attorney general to issue new Airbnb subpoena

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Associated Press

Posted on May 13, 2014 at 7:02 PM

Updated Tuesday, May 13 at 7:02 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general plans to issue a new subpoena seeking information about people using the global website Airbnb to make short-term apartment rentals in New York City after a state judge blocked his earlier attempt.

Justice Gerald Connolly writes the subpoena filed last year by Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (SHNEYE'-dur-muhn) is "overbroad," granting Airbnb's motion to quash it.

State investigators are seeking information about Airbnb's hosts going back three years, noting many listings appear to offer unoccupied apartments for very short periods, violating the law against unregulated hotels.

Schneiderman spokesman Matt Mittenhall says the judge found evidence "a substantial number" of hosts is violating the law against illegal hotels and his office intends to reissue the subpoena Wednesday and enforce it.

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