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Mon July 16, 2012
Increasing numbers of tourists turn to websites like craigslist and airbnb.com to find cheaper and more intimate lodging, the short-term vacation rental industry has exploded into a multi-billion dollar industry. For a while, these home B&B’s and low-key online arrangements slept under the radar, but now lobbyists for big hospitality are encouraging states and cities to crack down, with New York City issuing over 1900 violations in less than a year to homeowners who rent out property for less than a month. Blake Fleetwood is a freelance columnist and former New York Times staffer. He recently wrote about the DIY B&B crackdown for the Washington Monthly.