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Just kidding! Suffolk County Comptroller is not actually using the rental registry to target illegal Airbnbs

March 01, 2017 05:59PM

Whew. Looks like the Suffolk County Comptroller doesn’t have any new tricks up his sleeve after all. Days after 27East reported that the county official was using the newly implemented rental registries in Southampton and East Hampton to collect owed hotel taxes, an auditor for the comptroller told the paper that this was not the case. The auditor denied that the comptroller’s office requested to view the lists. Rather, the $25,000 collected in owed taxes was obtained through resources in the public domain, such as ads and rental listing websites. [27East]