NYC City Council and Dept Consumer Affairs cracks down

NYC City Council and Dept Consumer Affairs cracks down

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Hey, they've just announced the beginning of their efforts here, which involves significant help from us at craigslist.

Several New York rental brokerage companies are under investigation by the city for deceptive online advertising practices.

The brokerage companies confirmed their Internet advertising records were subpoenaed recently by the city agency responsible for consumer protection. Although the Department of Consumer Affairs confirmed the subpoenas, it would not reveal the number or identity of the companies.

"The DCA is investigating several companies for deceptive online advertising," said Shira Krance, a spokeswoman for the agency.

Currently, the two most-favored sites for apartment rentals are Craigslist and Backpage, the online listing service of the Village Voice. Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist, is cooperating with the investigation, Krance said.

I do want to laud the efforts by Jonas Sigle at Manhattan Apartments, who really has helped.

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