Airbnb is the most popular vacation rental site in the U.S., with more than 10 million registered users, and it’s facing some of the most high-profile legal battles of its kind.
In California, Airbnb has been facing legal battles from homeowners, Airbnb hosts and others who claim they’ve been unfairly targeted by the company, which has denied their claims.
And a federal judge in Los Angeles has ruled that Airbnb hosts must get licenses to operate their business.
The lawsuit, filed last week by the American Civil Liberties Union and Airbnb, seeks to end Airbnb’s so-called “host-sharing” ban.
The law requires hosts to obtain permits to use their homes for short-term rentals, but it allows hosts to “host” their properties for short periods of time.
Airbnb says it only hosts guests for a limited amount of time and only on the condition that they comply with the company’s “no trespassing” policy.
Airbnb has defended its policy as a necessary safeguard against “host predators.”
In addition to the legal battle, Airbnb is also battling another class-action lawsuit by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, which claims that the company violated its terms of service by using “hotel rooms” as hosts for short stays.
Airbnb also faces lawsuits in Hawaii and Washington, D.C.
For now, the lawsuit only addresses the issue of Airbnb’s “host sharing” policy, which was added in January of 2017.
Airbnb said the “hosting” policy is currently being reviewed by the Federal Trade Commission, and that it’s not yet finalized.