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The Law Will Not Help Airbnb Evade Rental Ordinances

Law360 (May 9, 2019, 1:55 PM EDT) -- In HomeAway.com Inc. et al v. City of Santa Monica, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied Airbnb’s legal challenge and upheld a stringent short-term rental ordinance set by Santa Monica, California, exposing gaping holes in Airbnb’s attempt to manipulate federal law to overturn short-term rental regulations.

The Santa Monica ruling was a blow to Airbnb in failing to stop a local ordinance that required home sharing platforms to monitor and regulate hosts’ listings to ensure compliance with local laws and regulations, and the impact will have far-reaching consequences as online short-term rental companies attempt to utilize...

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