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