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Airbnb fine bill passes

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June 20, 2016 by westsideneighborhoodalliance

Airbnb founders Brian Chesky, Joe Gebbia and Nathan Blecharczyk

The state legislature is going after Airbnb’s multi-billion dollar business once again, passing a bill that slaps fines starting at $1,000 on illegal rentals through the apartment-sharing site.

“I’m elated,” said Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan), the chief sponsor in the Democratic-controlled Assembly. “You should know who your neighbor is and what happens when people rent out their apartments on Airbnb is you get strangers. Every night there could be a different person sleeping in the next apartment and it shatters that sense of community in the building. It also can be dangerous.”

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