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Airbnb Sues Its Hometown Over Latest Short-Term Rental Crackdown

June 27, 2016

by : fortune – excerpt

The company is fighting recently passed ordinance aimed at illegal rentals.

Home-sharing company Airbnb is taking its hometown of San Francisco to federal court.

Airbnb filed a lawsuit against the city on Monday over its recently passed rules that impose steep fines on home-sharing services that list illegal short-term rentals. According to Airbnb, San Francisco’s additional short-term rental rules violate the First Amendment and a law that protects websites from responsibility for what users publish.

The additional regulations approved by San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors earlier this month would force services like Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway to display each short-term rental host’s registration number or email it to the city’s office. If a site refuses to do so, it can face fines of up to $1,000 per day…

Airbnb’s lawsuit is only the latest move in an on-going battle between the company and San Francisco’s government. Despite Airbnb’s claims that it’s helping middle class residents afford to stay in their homes, the company has been accused of exacerbating San Francisco’s housing crisis by turning apartments into defacto hotels. In November, the company defeated a ballot measure that would have imposed stricter regulations on short-term rentals in San Francisco.

Fortune has contacted the city attorney’s office and will update this story if we hear more…

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