Short-term rentals just got harder. A New York judge has ruled against Airbnb, an online service that connects people with space to travelers who need lodging.
Although the ruling in New York doesn't immediately affect other cities where Airnb operates, it's a set back for the San Francisco-based company which hoped to make New York a test case.
As Airbnb continues to shake things up for the hotel industry, it's increasingly running into issues with the law, particularly in areas where the law is not clear cut. It's not just in New York -- officials in the company's hometown of San Francisco are concerned about property owners potentially using its service to get around local tenant protections and land use codes.
The New York case of Nigel Warren shows how easily an Airbnb user could fall foul of the law, the New York Times reports.
... when he returned from a three-night trip to Colorado, he heard from his landlord. Special enforcement officers from the city showed up while he was gone, and the landlord received five violations for running afoul of rules related to illegal transient hotels. Added together, the potential fines looked as if they could reach over $40,000.