344 east 51st Street

Manhattan, Policy, Turtle Bay

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New York City is suing an operator of an illegal short-term rental in Midtown East who officials say ran more than 78 Airbnb listings and “deceived more than 6,500 guests.” According to the lawsuit, announced on Tuesday by Mayor Eric Adams, Arron Latimer, a licensed broker, Apex Management, and Esther Yip, used several limited liability corporations to run a short-term rental operation at 344 East 51st Street in Turtle Bay. The lawsuit is the first under a new city law that requires short-term rental platforms to regularly report data on listings and their hosts.

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