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Community Board 1 passed a resolution last night asking the City Council and Mayor de Blasio to increase funding for enforcement when it comes to the many short-term rentals—Airbnb brouhaha, anyone?—that are officially known as "illegal hotels." State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has reported that 72 percent of Airbnb rentals are illegal. Based on that, CB1 says they take up 1.74 percent of Manhattan's available housing stock. The resolution noted that illegal hotels present "safety and security risks," "create public nuisances and quality of life issues for residents," and also exacerbate the city's affordable housing shortage. [Curbed News Desk; previously]