Today we sent the following email to our hosts updating them on the state of our legal challenge with the City of San Francisco:
Yesterday, a federal judge issued a ruling partially denying our motion for a preliminary injunction in our case challenging new short-term rental rules in San Francisco. We want you to know more about the facts of the case, what the ruling means for you, and what we are doing so that you can continue to host uninterrupted as the case progresses.
First and foremost, hosts will continue to be able to use Airbnb in San Francisco as usual while this case proceeds. The judge acknowledged our concerns about the inadequacy of the City’s rules, particularly how platforms like Airbnb might even confirm that hosts are registered before facing penalties. The stay on enforcement of the new rules will likely remain in place while both sides provide additional briefing for the court on this issue.
We respectfully disagree with the remainder of the judge’s ruling and will consider our next steps appropriately in light of yesterday’s decision. In the meantime, we will continue to fight on behalf of our host community in San Francisco. And no matter what happens in this case, we want to work with the City to fix the broken registration system and we are confident the City’s issues could be solved long before the legal process runs its course.
Additional details on the case and next steps are available here. We will continue to keep you updated as the case progresses. Thank you for being part of the Airbnb Community.
The Airbnb Team