June 28, 2017

Vacation-rental site sues city over home-sharing regs

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By Bert Kaufmann from Roermond, Netherlands (Chicago) [CC BY 2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

The city of Chicago is facing another lawsuit over its new home-sharing regulations, this time from vacation rental website HomeAway.com.

HomeAway wants a judge to block the ordinance, an attempt by the city to control the fast-growing short-term home rental industry led by Airbnb and HomeAway, the owner of VRBO.com.

Though embraced by the hotel industry and many residential landlords and condominium boards in Chicago, the rules, which were passed last year, go too far in restricting the rights of homeowners to rent out their properties on a short-term basis, critics say. The city has already been hit with two lawsuits over the ordinance.

HomeAway argues that the “deeply flawed” city ordinance is “replete with errors and ambiguities that render certain aspects of the regulations unintelligible,” according to its complaint, which was filed yesterday in U.S. District Court in Chicago. The regulations also violate multiple sections of the U.S. Constitution, including the First Amendment right to […]

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