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Airbnb and Metropolitan Property Group are in trouble with the City

Metropolitan Property Group is the latest firm to get caught using Airbnb illegally

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (Credit: NYC.Gov)

New York City has filed a lawsuit against Metropolitan Property Group accusing them of using Airbnb to illegally rent out apartments. The suit alleges that the brokerage facilitated 13,691 rentals through Airbnb, housing more than 75,000 guests from 2015 to 2018, and taking in nearly $21 million, according to the NYTimes.

Unmasking the Airbnb Hosts… Metropolitan Property Group allegedly used a complex web of corporate entities and fake identities on Airbnb to convert 130 apartments in 35 buildings into de facto hotel rooms. Owners of five of buildings are also being sued for “knowingly allowing the illegal short-term rentals” to take place.

Worth noting: The $21 million lawsuit comes two weeks after a federal judge blocked a law signed by the Mayor in August, which would have required Airbnb to provide the names and addresses of its hosts in the city. 

Heard on the Street: Metropolitan Property Group’s Sami Katri: “I have no comment because it’s not true… I’m not connected to anything.”

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