Landlord Held Responsible for Tenant's Airbnb Rentals

LVT Number: #30463

DOB issued five violation notices to landlord based on illegal conversion of a dwelling unit for transient occupancy, failing to maintain a code-compliant premises, and failing to install a fire alarm system. DOB also proposed per-day penalties. DOB's inspector said that he found guests staying at the building, who had booked short-term stays through Airbnb. Landlord argued that it didn't know about tenant's subletting activities. But the ALJ found that landlord was ultimately responsible and couldn't shift liability to the tenant.

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Tawau, LLC: ECB App. No. 1900948 (9/26/19) [5-pg. doc.]