Airbnb is in court again after a judge ruled in favour of a group of residents who said they could stay at the company’s home-sharing program while awaiting trial.
The company, which has been fighting the eviction of its residents, said the decision was based on “inaccurate and misleading” information and said it would appeal.
AAP/ABC The court decision came as a result of a three-month trial involving Airbnb, which is the subject of a class-action lawsuit by the San Francisco-based group, which says it was illegally evicted from its properties in June 2016.
In July 2016, the city’s real estate board revoked the home-share program that had been in place since 2009.
After the program was shut down, the group said it was forced to pay rent to a landlord who also used the program, which allows people to rent out their homes to guests, for a fixed period of time.
Airbnb said it had “taken steps” to protect the group from eviction and had hired an attorney to defend them.
Its lawyers have said the group was evicted on the basis of a legal error that was made by Airbnb staff who incorrectly described how many people were staying in the Airbnb property they were renting out.
“In the course of that investigation, the City found that the City did not comply with a number of Airbnb’s terms and conditions,” the company said in a statement.
“The City has a duty to uphold the rights of the people who use our service to provide affordable housing and ensure that those who rent out properties have access to reasonable accommodation.”
Airbnb has been in court before in recent years.
More to come.