ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) - Airbnb is suing the city of Anaheim over a law that regulates short-term rentals.
The Orange County Register (https://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.
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