A day after Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a damning report on Airbnb, Mayor de Blasio has informally declared war on the apartment sharing website. The city has filed its first lawsuit against two apartment buildings that used Airbnb and other websites to operate as illegal hotels.

According to a press release, The Mayor's Office of Special Enforcement has filed a motion in NYS Supreme Court and been granted a preliminary injunction against the owners of the four-story building at 59 Fifth Avenue and the 10-story building at 5 West 31st Street. Both buildings are owned by two brothers, Hamid Kermanshah and Abdolmajid Kermanshah.

The injunction states that the buildings owners have been "advertising, booking, operating, and allowing their residential units to be converted into short-term rentals for transient use and occupancy, permitting and encouraging stays of less than 30 days."

As the News points out, de Blasio has not taken a strong stance on Airbnb up until now, though he has previously voiced some vague politic-speak concern ("I think this is an area we still haven't sorted through, all levels of government haven't sorted through, and we have to get to it").

But now that decisive action has been taken, de Blasio has amassed an army of pull quotes for his war. This is, no joke, the list of 21 politicians, experts and concerned citizens who offered up their two cents about the injunction in a press release from the ShareBetter Coalition [For Kids Who Can't Rent Apartments Good]—and keep in mind, more than half of these quotes don't even make an attempt to hide the fact that this is all about Airbnb.

Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer said:

“I’m grateful that Mayor de Blasio is prosecuting owners operating illegal hotels in these two buildings in Manhattan. With inspections by the Mayor’s Office of Special Enforcement up 50% over 2013, I expect that there will be more enforcement actions and we can catch up to the bad actors who are running illegal hotels in residential buildings, putting both visitors and existing building tenants at risk. The owners of these two buildings, and others like them throughout the city, should be on notice that violating the law is a risk they shouldn’t take.”

NYC Council Member Dan Garodnick said:

"We appreciate the Mayor taking concrete steps to enforce against illegal hotels. This needs to be a regular effort to ensure that violators think twice before flouting the law."

NYS Senator Brad Hoylman said:

"I'm grateful to Mayor de Blasio for taking action against these illegal hotels, both of which are in my Senate district. By cracking down on flagrant illegal operators, the City is sending the message that our precious affordable housing stock is for the benefit of New Yorkers, not greedy landlords who want to make a quick buck."

NYS Senator Liz Krueger said:

"The mayor's office and the hardworking men and women of the Office of Special Enforcement deserve credit for continuing to prosecute scofflaw illegal hotel operators, and this case shows once again the importance of the Illegal Hotel Law in enabling the city to file cases like this one, shutting down persistent and dangerous illegal hotel operations. "

NYS Assembly Member Richard N. Gottfried said:

“Airbnb’s cheery ads with people having lovely brunch with their ‘guests’ hide an ugly reality. Illegal hotel rentingviolates fire and safety codes, makes life a nightmare for law-abiding neighbors who have strangers coming and going in their buildings at all hours, robs the City of urgently needed housing, and is often a horrible experience for tourists. Strong enforcement of the illegal hotel law by Mayor de Blasio is a big step ahead.” (Assembly Member Gottfried was the Assembly sponsor of the 2010 legislation to clarify the law against illegal hotels.)

NYS Assembly Member Linda B. Rosenthal said:

“We have been fighting illegal hotels in one form or another for years. Despite very clear state law regarding occupancy standards and 30-day minimum stays for residential buildings and strong penalties under City law, some building owners continue to violate these laws with flagrant impunity. The Mayor's action today makes clear that we take illegal hotels seriously in New York, regardless of whether the lawbreakers are individual landlords or building owners or large corporations, like Airbnb. This activity destabilizes communities and accelerates the already rapid loss of affordable housing and must be stopped."

NYS Assembly Member Deborah Glick said:

“Illegal hotels are the business model for Air BnB. These "hotels" are removing housing units from New Yorkers and are not as safe as hotels. I am extremely pleased that the de Blasio Administration is taking an active stance to end this illegal practice.

NYC Council Member Helen Rosenthal said:

"Buildings owners who break the law and convert residential units into illegal hotels are robbing New Yorkers of permanent housing our city desperately needs. I commend Mayor de Blasio for his decisive action on behalf of tenants and will continue to push for increased funding for the Office of Special Enforcement so that other bad operators can be investigated and stopped."

NYC Council Member Corey Johnson said:

“I applaud Mayor de Blasio and his administration for cracking down on dangerous illegal hotels who threaten the safety of New Yorkers and also threaten the affordable housing stock in New York City. Airbnb has been willfully flouting the law and I'm grateful that the city is stepping up to put in place meaningful enforcement against these bad actors.”

NYC Council Member Brad Lander said:

"Mayor de Blasio is doing the right thing by commencing enforcement action against illegal hotels made possible by AirBnB. New York hasthese laws for good reasons: to protect the quality-of-life of neighbors, to preserve affordable housing, to better insure the safety of guests and tourists. As Attorney General Schneiderman's report showed, the majority of units being listed with AirBnB are violating those laws. Thanks to the de Blasio Administration for stepping up to enforce them."

NYC Council Member Mark Levine said:

"We can talk all we want about the extent of Airbnb's law-breaking business model and why it's bad for New York. But none of this matters if our laws have no teeth. Today Mayor de Blasio made a loud and clear statement to two of the worst offenders: actions have consequences. Let this be a warning to all illegal hotel operators that if you don't follow the law, the Office of Special Enforcement is coming for you."

NYC Council Member Ben Kallos said:

"Units in these buildings should go to New Yorkers, not be marketed as illegal hotels. I applaud Mayor de Blasio for his swift action to protect our limited housing stock, and urge AirBnB and illegal hotel operators to respect the laws of New York City. I look forward to increased efforts on the part of our city to curb these egregious violations.”

NYC Council Member Rafael Espinal said:

"I applaud Mayor de Blasio for taking strong action against these bad actors. By stepping up enforcement on illegal hotels, the City is sending a clear message that anyone who preys on our supply of affordable housing while tenants struggle to find a place to live, will be held accountable for their illegal actions. I look forward to working with the Mayor on continuing to root out unscrupulous landlords who operate illegal hotels."

NYC Council Member Mark Weprin said:

"Illegal hotels like Airbnb and other companies are a danger to the safety and quality of life in our neighborhoods. I commend the Mayor for taking decisive action so we can root out this illegal activity that is plaguing our city. I look forward to continuing to increase enforcement and hold unscrupulous landlords and illegal hotel operators accountable for their illicit business practices."

NYC Council Member Rory Lancman said:

"Illegal hotels and apartment rentals destroy a neighborhood's quality of life, and I applaud the City's actions to crack down on this irresponsible and inconsiderate behavior."

NYC Council Member Jimmy van Bramer said:

“Quality, stable and affordable housing are at a premium in New York City and the host of illegal and potentially dangerous AirBnB listings threatens this precious commodity. I applaud the Mayor for taking a strong stand on this issue because we cannot allow our neighborhoods to be destabilized by rogue operators bringing strangers in and out of our homes day in and day out.”

NYC Council Member Costa Constantinides said:

"Sites like Airbnb have created safety issues throughout the city and have put additional pressure on an already skyrocketing housing market. The actions that some landlords have taken turning their buildings into defacto hotels are illegal and detrimental to our city. I commend Mayor de Blasio for taking forceful action against these building owners and taking a strong position on this important issue."

Jaron Benjamin, Executive Director of Met Council on Housing said:

"By holding bad actors accountable, Mayor de Blasio is sending a strong message to the illegal hotel industry and unscrupulous landlords who have turned homes into hotels while thousands of New Yorkers are looking for a place to live. I look forward to continuing to work with the mayor's office to preserve our affordable housing and stop Airbnb and other illegal hotel companies."

Jonathan Westin, Executive Director of NYCC said:

"We applaud Mayor de Blasio’s initiative to crackdown on Airbnb illegal hoteliers who are making millions unscrupulously and shrinking our city’s affordable housing stock. We look forward to working with the mayor in stepping up enforcement in our communities of this who are depleting our stock of affordable housing through illegal hotel use," said Jonathan Westin, Executive Director of New York Communities for Change.

Sarah Desmond, Executive Director, Housing Conservation Coordinators said:

“This is a good first step to crack down on illegal hotel operations. Yesterday the NYS Attorney General clearly made the case for how pervasive illegal hotel use is and how it is exacerbating NYC's affordable housing crisis. It is critical that the Administration make an ongoing commitment to increase oversight and funding for the Office of Special Enforcement to enforce our existing laws against illegal hotel use.”

Marti Weithman, Director, Goddard Riverside’s SRO Law Project said:

"The litigation brought by the administration against owners of two buildings being operated as illegal hotels is a positive first step in what needs to be a comprehensive approach to stopping illegal hotels in our City. We and our partner organizations who fight to preserve affordable housing look forward to partnering with the administration in combating illegal hotels in our City."

Airbnb spokesman Nick Papas told us, "We do not support converting buildings into Illegal hotels and the individuals named in this complaint were removed from our site earlier this year."

Update: The mayor's office stressed that this legal action was not a direct attack on Airbnb, but rather a response to several safety complaints about these specific buildings. "In this case, we have two buildings operating as illegal hotels, operating dozens of apartments as illegal hotels, with serious health and safety problems, like lacking sprinklers or appropriate fire exits," spokesman Wiley Norvell told us. "When we have bad actors engaged in that level of dangerous practice, we're going to go after them."

They confirmed that while the Kermanshah brothers had previously used Airbnb to rent their buildings, they had been kicked off the site by the time this legal action was taken. As for the many quotes from various politicians and advocates who praised de Blasio for the action and directly or indirectly referred to Airbnb as his target, the mayor's office said that those pols did not speak on the mayor's behalf.