- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

LOS ANGELES (AP) - Former tenants in Los Angeles are suing property owners and Airbnb after being evicted and watching their formerly rent-controlled apartments converted to short-term rentals.

The Los Angeles Times reports (http://lat.ms/1mpHOiZ ) that an apartment complex in the Fairfax neighborhood kicked out tenants like Carrie Kirshman and Nina Giovannitti under the Ellis Act, a state law meant to help landlords get out of the rental business.

Kirshman says she had lived in the apartment for 21 years. She and Giovannitti say their apartments began appearing on short-term rental site Airbnb within weeks.

The lawsuit filed Wednesday seeks damages and an injunction to return apartments to tenants under previous rates.

Airbnb said in a statement that the company opposes landlords who illegally evict tenants.

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Information from: Los Angeles Times, http://www.latimes.com/

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