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Airbnb To Appear In Court

Airbnb, the online home-rental marketplace, will appear in court on Tuesday against New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman regarding website users who illegally rent out apartments, the New York Post reported citing sources.Nearly two-thirds of New York city apartments recently listed on Airbnb were illegal sublets, according to an affidavit from the state Attorney General's office, the newspaper said.The affidavit, which is expected to be filed in court on Monday by the AG's office, shows 64 percent of Airbnb's 19,500-plus offerings for Jan. 31 cover an "entire apartment," the NY Post said. (http://r.reuters.com/sun68v)More than 200 of the offerings came from just five "hosts," suggesting third parties were renting out pads on behalf of their owners, the newspaper said.Schneiderman opened an investigation last year into whether hosts on Airbnb, a Silicon Valley venture capital-backed website that lets people put up spare rooms or couches for rent, are breaking a 2010 law that pro...

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