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TPG-backed AirBNB to appear in court over illegal rentals

22 Apr 2014

new york 5_sqMore than half of New York-based apartments listed on TPG-backed letting website AirBNB were offered illegally.

An analysis carried out by state authorities showed that 64 per cent of AirBNB’s more than 19,500 offerings in the city were for an entire apartments, while more than 200 of the offerings came from just five hosts, said New York Post, citing an affidavit.

The top five hosts had 80, 35, 31, 29 and 28 listings, which suggests that third parties were renting out pads on behalf of their owners, said the report.

The newspaper previously reported that the service was used by prostitutes to set up temporary brothels, while court filings said that AirBNB is fuelling an underground industry of illegal hotels.

At the end of last week TPG reportedly led a $500m investment round for the compan, which was valued at $10bn.

AirBNB’s other backers include venture capital firms Andreessen Horowitz and General Catalyst.

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