When Airbnb is banned in Florida, it won’t be a problem for tenants
— The landlord of a condo building that Airbnb has been renting for more than a year will have to move out because of its rental policies, and Airbnb’s chief executive, Brian Chesky, will be staying put.
The move could be the first step in a legal battle between Airbnb and a Florida condo association.
The condo association has been challenging Airbnb’s right to operate in the state, saying the company is using its property to rent out apartments.
Airbnb has defended its practice as a legitimate business, saying it doesn’t allow the company to charge an additional fee for rentals in the apartment buildings it owns.
Airbnb’s owners, meanwhile, say it violates state law by not allowing the rental of apartments as part of the company’s regular operations.
Airbnb filed a motion on Friday seeking to stay open.
Airbnb is the first company in Florida to face the threat of eviction from a rental property after the state’s legislative leaders decided to ban the online platform from operating within a few months.
Airbnb had been renting apartments in some of the same places it has operated in other states, including Seattle, New York and New Jersey.
Airbnb said it was the first of its kind to rent an apartment to an American citizen in the United States, and the first to offer the service without an apartment complex.
Airbnb says it has helped more than 2 million guests stay in their homes over the past 12 months.
The company, which operates out of San Francisco, California, is the most popular online platform for people to rent apartments, which often are on Airbnb’s platform or a mobile app.
Airbnb currently has about 10 million properties worldwide.