NYC officials shutter illegal hotel operating in Queens home

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials say they’ve shut down a Queens house that was operating as an illegal hotel and offering tents in a backyard at a rate of $21 per night.

The Queens home was hit with a partial vacate order after being deemed “imminently perilous to life.” The Daily News <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/illegal-airbnb-queens-closed-hazardous-living-conditions-article-1.3855192″>reports</a> the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement found 27 mattresses crammed into two floors, four guests and one permanent resident during an inspection on Feb. 21.

Officials say the two-family building had been illegally converted to host seven bedrooms.

The illegal hotel was listed on the short-term rental website Airbnb with rates as low as $16. Airbnb says it supports crackdowns on violators of their “one-host, one-home policy.”

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Information from: Daily News, <a target=”&mdash;blank” href=”http://www.nydailynews.com”>http://www.nydailynews.com</a>

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