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Inside the Luxury Condo Tower That New York Says Was a Hotbed of Illegal Airbnb Rentals

The investigation at the Atelier is just one way New York City is seeking to address a widespread problem: the misuse of home-sharing platforms like Airbnb Inc. to develop large-scale lodging businesses. The city has been stepping up its pursuit of large, illegal hotel operators. 

When city inspectors, accompanied by police officers, raided the Atelier in October, New York issued notices of violation to the owners of 27 apartments there. The notices said the owners’ condos had been “used/converted for transient use” and often listed the name of the home-sharing service guests said they had used.


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