October 7, 2016
The popular home-sharing website Airbnb is heading to federal court Thursday to wage a legal battle against its hometown of San Francisco. The preliminary injunction hearing is part of a lawsuit filed by Airbnb in June that aims to block a new San Francisco ordinance that would force home-sharing websites, like Airbnb, to remove illegal rentals that are not registered with the city. Under the new law, the city would be able to issue hefty fines to home-sharing companies if they do not remove unregistered listings. San Francisco Supervisor David Campos believes the city is facing a housing crisis with rent prices skyrocketing across the city. Campos says sites like Airbnb may contribute to the decline of affordable housing and wants home sharing websites to take responsibility for their thousands of unregistered users. “It doesn’t matter [if] you are a small business or a $25 billion company like Airbnb, you have to play by the rules,” Campos told NBC Bay Area. “That’s really what this is ultimately about, and that’s why San Francisco is not going to be intimidated by what is essentially a bully tactic on the part of this company.”…
Source: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/investigations/Airbnb-Heads-to-Federal-Court-Over-Lawsuit-Against-San-Francisco-396103051.html