This Oct. 14, 2013 screen shot provided by Airbnb from their website shows a typical search for listings of rooms to rent, in this case in Queens, New York, through Airbnb. New York City tourists

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This Oct. 14, 2013 screen shot provided by Airbnb from their website shows a typical search for listings of rooms to rent, in this case in Queens, New York, through Airbnb. New York City tourists these days are increasingly opting to rent space in a stranger’s house through sites like Airbnb to avoid staying in a pricey hotel, but officials say the practice is often illegal, undercuts the hotel industry, avoids taxes and threatens apartment building safety. (AP Photo/Airbnb) less 

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Associated Press
Tue, Oct 15, 2013 1:34 PM EDT