Denver-Based Company Loses Airbnb Battle

DENVER, CO — A judge dismissed a lawsuit against San Francisco-based Airbnb this week, marking a major win for the company. Denver-based Aimco, the country’s largest landlord, sued Airbnb claiming the "company is deliberately incentivizing people to breach their leases," TechCrunch reported.

"Aimco’s beef with Airbnb is that its platform brings people with ‘unvetted personal histories’ with ‘no vested interest in maintaining a peaceful community atmosphere’ inside their buildings," the news site said.

But the lawsuit, which was also filed in Florida, was dismissed in California.

"Airbnb, however, argued that Aimco’s ban on subleasing was not enforceable under California law," TechCrunch wrote. "Airbnb also argued that it can’t be held responsible for the conduct of Aimco’s tenants and their guests. Citing the Communications Decency Act’s protection of website operators from liability for the content people post on their sites, Airbnb sought a dismissal of the lawsuit."

The dismissal marks a major defeat for the Aimco, which TechCrunch reported manages 50,000 properties across the country.


–Photo: FILE – In this April 19, 2016 file photo, Airbnb co-founder and CEO Brian Chesky speaks during an announcement in San Francisco. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

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