The Busan District Court has ruled against providing unregistered places to stay through Airbnb, the world’s largest home-sharing website, court records showed today.
The court fined a 55-year-old housewife, whose identity was withheld, 700,000 won on August 26th for seeking to profit by renting out her house to people who booked through Airbnb without reporting to the local authorities.
The South Korean public health control act requires anyone who runs an accommodation business to report it to the district office.
The ruling was the first of its kind for Airbnb in Korea as the service is gaining more leverage in the industry with around 200,000 yearly users since it made inroads into the country in January 2013.
Source: Busan eFM News
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