NYC politician goes undercover at Airbnb listings in illegal hotel sting

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Robert Redford and Paul Newman would be proud.

New York City Assemblymember Linda Rosenthal went undercover at several Airbnb listings in the city to expose what she says is a “pervasive” illegal hotel problem. Recordings from the sting reveal hosts knowingly breaking the law, even going so far as to instruct the undercover guests not to mention Airbnb in the building.

“If somebody asks you something, never mention in the building Airbnb,” a host tells Rosenthal.”This is supposed to be residential.”

The assemblymember rented out four apartments for one night each during the week of April 13 to 20. When Rosenthal went to check in, she brought along a hidden camera, as one does in the true network-television sting tradition. Read more…

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