Airbnb Settles with San Francisco

Online room rental platform, Airbnb, has popularized a way for people to rent out their spare rooms or homes for what are typically short stays. In the process, the company has sometimes been accused of playing fast and loose with housing laws and driving down the inventory of available homes for sale or long-term rent, leading to a trail of legal disputes with cities.

Recently, Airbnb settled a suit it had filed against San Francisco stemming from a decision by the city’s Board of Supervisors last year to fine companies like Airbnb $1,000 a day for every unregistered host on its service. Airbnb had filed suit to block the fines from taking effect. Under the terms of the settlement, Airbnb gives San Francisco more transparency about the hosts who use the platform. Now, Airbnb and other online room rental companies have to collect data from people who rent out their homes for less than a month on the websites.

Seems like both sides won something here with San Fran getting access to the host data in order to properly vet them and Airbnb rids itself of a major legal and PR hassle as it makes plans to go public later this year. This is a rare one – almost a win-win, but most legal disputes are expensive, lengthy and stressful. When disputes affect YOUR business in the areas of unlawful detainer, contract issues and even collections, better b(nb) sure you have a fully vetted host and legal ace like Dean Sperling working to resolve your matter with your best interests in mind.

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Daily Report: Airbnb Smooths Over a Legal Dispute