Airbnb sues New York City over restrictions on short-term rentals

Airbnb is suing New York City over rules that the company says would make it much more difficult to operate in the city.

NEW YORK, NY (AP) -- Airbnb filed a lawsuit against New York City Thursday for an ordinance it claims imposes arbitrary limitations that would reduce the supply of local short-term rental properties.

The city will begin enforcing the 2022 ordinance next month. It would require property owners to register at the mayor's offices, reveal who lives on the property and pledge to adhere to zoning, maintenance and construction ordinances.

Airbnb called the restrictions "extreme and oppressive" and a ban on short-term rentals, which left it no choice but to file a lawsuit.

Airbnb, based in San Francisco, filed the lawsuit at a state court in Manhattan. Three Airbnb hosts also filed a lawsuit against the City.

New York's restrictions are just one of many local efforts to regulate short-term rental without banning it.

Airbnb is based out of San Francisco.