SAN FRANCISCO — Airbnb agreed on Monday to settle a lawsuit against the city of San Francisco , putting to rest litigation that could have hampered the company’s efforts to expand and go public.
In the settlement, Airbnb essentially agreed to San Francisco’s demand to be more transparent about its hosts and to help enforce existing registration laws. It followed the company’s dropping of a lawsuit in December over a New York law that fines people who illegally list their homes on short-term rental platforms. Taken together, the actions mean Airbnb has cleared up outstanding litigation in two of its biggest markets in the United States.
The latest settlement removes a regulatory cloud over the company as it readies itself for a public offering, even though Airbnb, which is based in San Francisco and has a valuation of about $30 billion, still faces legal disputes in a handful of markets. The company’s chief executive, Brian Chesky, said this year that the company could be ready to go public in a year.
Arun Sundararajan, a professor at New York University’s Stern School of Business who studies the so-called sharing economy, said, “As Airbnb gears up to go public over the next couple of […]