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When fashion designer Matthew Eager was ordered to stop his $40,000-a-year business renting out the spare rooms of his three-bedroom apartment in Katoomba on Airbnb, he hired a lawyer to fight the decision. One of his neighbours in the seven-unit complex had complained to the local council that their building's bushfire zoning did not allow commercial lets, and the authorities agreed. But after months of arguing and $2000 in legal fees, the council backed down and he finally won the right to resume.