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Renting You Room Out May Be Against the Law
(AP) It's a growing practice, especially in big cities.
People in apartments have been using sites like Airbnb.com to list apartments or rooms for rent.
Now, some authorities are trying to put a stop to the rentals.
New York's top prosecutor is trying to force Airbnb to turn over data on city dwellers who have been listing accommodations on the site.
Officials say in most cases, such rentals are illegal - and undercuts the hotel industry, avoids taxes and threatens apartment building safety.
But many residents who rent to strangers say they're providing a service that others need - and helps defray the cost of ever-rising rents in the Big Apple.