Airbnb claims Santa Monica ban violates the Constitution
Engadget | Jon Fingas
September 6, 2016
Airbnb isn’t done with lawsuits over home rental laws it doesn’t like — not by a long shot. It’s suing Santa Monica over municipal code that effectively bans “vacation rental” services through severe restrictions (you have to be home and obtain a business license, for example) and reporting requirements. For one thing, it claims that the rules violate multiple aspects of the US Constitution. They’re allegedly a violation of free speech by dictating what content people can publish. Airbnb also claims that they infringe on search and seizure rights (and the Stored Communications Act) by requiring the disclosure of sensitive customer info without legal procedures, and tread on due process rights because they’re both “vague” and don’t notify you of potential lawbreaking.