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Dorm Room Airbnb Listing Lands Student in Hot Water

Entertainment | Patrick Clarke | February 03, 2016

Dorm Room Airbnb Listing Lands Student in Hot Water

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Airbnb listings are popping up seemingly everywhere, even colleges.

Unfortunately for one student at Boston's Emerson College, dorm rooms don't qualify as legitimate rentals.

The Boston Globe reported 19-year-old Jack Worth is facing potential disciplinary action from the shool after listing his room on the short-term rental website.

Before being shut down, Worth rented out his room on at least three occasions.

"Really, the idea just came from the combination of understanding where Emerson is located in the city, and it being in such a heavily-desired neighborhood," Worth told the Globe in a telephone interview. "And the thought of how I could make a little bit of extra money."

The listing was online for two weeks before school officials caught on and forced Worth to remove it.

In a statement, Emerson College officials said that Worth's actions violate the school's housing contract designed to "protect residents and the community from exposure to safety and security risk."

Worth told the Globe that he wasn't "looking to put anyone in danger," adding that he screened renters and informed his suitemates. 

While Emerson officials wouldn't confirm whether Worth listed the room on Airbnb because of federal privacy laws, a spokesman for the San Francisco-based company reminded hosts to follow local regulations when listing a property on the site. 

As for Worth, the school board will make a decision regarding potential punishment at an upcoming disciplinary hearing.


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