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City Council passes bill to crack down on Airbnb

The City Council on Wednesday passed a controversial bill to crack down on Airbnb’s home rental business in the city.

The legislation, which the mayor is expected to sign, will require the company to hand over all of its hosts’ names and addresses to an enforcement office – a move likely to expose some hosts to fines for renting out apartments for less than 30 days, which is illegal under state law, and drive some who don’t want their information shared off the platform altogether.

It passed by a vote of 45-0.

The Council called the bill an important step to fight illegal hotels that have taken affordable apartments off the market.

Under the legislation, the data will be handed over to the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement, which goes after illegal listings and issues fines.

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