Crain’s Chicago Business: Lawsuit blasts new Airbnb regulations

Crain’s Chicago Business: Lawsuit blasts new Airbnb regulations by Alby Gallun:

A group opposed to the city’s new restrictions on Airbnb and other home-sharing services has sued to block the regulations, arguing that they’re unconstitutional.

Calling the new ordinance “literally incomprehensible,” the group accuses the city of Chicago of regulatory overreach, contending the regulations are so intrusive that they violate multiple constitutional protections, including those for free speech and against unreasonable search and seizure. The ordinance, which the City Council approved in June, goes into effect next month.

The regulations impose new licensing requirements on people who rent out their homes through online home-sharing services like Airbnb, which has emerged as a competitive threat to the hotel industry and created headaches for landlords and condominium associations trying to keep their buildings from turning into quasi-hotels.

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