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Local News: Airbnb Sues Boston to Halt Regulations; Company Claims New Rules Violate Constitutional Rights

11.15.18

Airbnb filed suit against the city of Boston Tuesday seeking to block officials from implementing new regulations on short-term rentals set to take effect January 1, claiming the rules illegally require the company to turn over private host information and to bar investors from listing multiple units.

In its lawsuit, Airbnb portrays itself as merely a matchmaker, a company connecting willing hosts and renters for a fee based on the rental price. The suit claims Airbnb’s free speech rights are violated by the city’s regulations requiring the company to turn over information about hosts and to enforce limits on who can rent a unit and how often. The city’s regulations would assess a $300 fine per day per infraction by short-term rental platforms.

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