Tatiana Cames, a host who advertised “shabby chic” apartments in Brooklyn to tourists and business travelers, was fined $5,000. Penalties will escalate if she continues renting. The fine was seen by one state assembly member as “just the beginning” of the crackdown. New Yorkers who make money on the side by offering their apartments for short-term rental through Airbnb have declared themselves confused, unhappy and nervous. “I’m not sure if it’s legal or not,” said Sierra Kraft, 30, who works for a nonprofit accreditation service and, via Airbnb, rents out her tiny one-bedroom apartment in an old tenement building on the Lower East Side in Manhattan. “I rent out my apartment when I go away on trips and my lease says I can have guests for under 30 days.” Unfortunately, city and state laws say the opposite: Kraft is prohibited from renting out her place for less than 30 days and it’s illegal to advertise it on Airbnb or other home-sharing platforms. Get the full story at The Guardian Read also "How Airbnb stopped playing nice"