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Legal action over alleged Airbnb hosting without the proper licence has been withdrawn.

Tourism NI brought a case in connection with an apartment at Cabin Hill Close on Belfast's Upper Newtownards Road.

It was believed to be the first proceedings of its kind involving the online home rental platform.

Unlike other UK regions, anyone offering overnight accommodation in Northern Ireland must have the appropriate certificate.

The summons alleged that certification, issued under the Tourism (NI) Order, was not in place on dates between March 26 and April 17 this year.

But the case was withdrawn at Belfast Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, the Courts Service confirmed.

It is understood the outcome was reached on the basis of an application being made for the required certification.

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