June 28, 2016
Airbnb is suing San Francisco over a law the home sharing company once helped pass, which now requires the company to help enforce. Earlier this month, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously decided to fine Airbnb $1,000 a day, starting in July, for every unregistered host who uses the service.
The “Airbnb law” was passed two years ago and allowed the company to operate in the city. Now, the company says the rules it helped create “do not work” and are overly complicated.
Opponents say roughly 20% of the 7,000 or so San Francisco residents who rent out their apartments for less than 30 days have registered with the city. Failure to comply may also result in the company facing misdemeanor charges.