Airbnb sues Anaheim over short-term rental law

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Posted: Aug 01, 2016 9:48 AM

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Airbnb is suing the city of Anaheim over a law that regulates short-term rentals.

The Orange County Register (http://bit.ly/2ao57V5 ) says Thursday's suit argues the city violates free-speech rights and federal law by holding Airbnb responsible when users post listings for illegal short-term rentals.

Anaheim is home to Disneyland and Angel Stadium, and short-term rentals have proliferated as visitors seek cheaper alternatives to hotels.

About two weeks ago, the City Council voted to enhance current regulations — including fines for rental platforms that don't ban illegal listings.

Airbnb argues the ordinance violates federal law that shields websites from responsibility for user-posted information.

Airbnb filed a similar suit against its hometown of San Francisco last month.