New York attorney general, Airbnb reach accord

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York's attorney general and the website Airbnb say they have reached agreement on information disclosures about short-term New York City apartment rentals in the state investigation of illegal hotels.

Attorneys say the agreement "balances" Attorney General Eric Schneiderman's commitment to protect city residents and tourists from illegal hotels with the company's concerns about the privacy of thousands who use the website to rent their apartments to visitors.

State investigators have been seeking information about Airbnb's hosts going back three years, noting many listings appear to offer unoccupied apartments for very short periods, violating rules against unregulated hotels.

A judge last week rejected Schneiderman's request to subpoena information, first filed last year, saying it was overbroad. That request was narrowed and refiled.