Operators of illegal hotels evaded Airbnb’s One Host, One Home policy by using "a multitude of individuals" to create the false impression of a large number of hosts when there was really just one person, the company said in the letter.

Airbnb has identified and banned at least five additional illegal hotel listings, Airbnb head of global policy Chris Lehane said in a statement. "We will be removing those operators from our platform, and as our review continues, we will continue to identify, report and take down such bad actors," he said.