A California federal court recently held a hearing in the case in which Airbnb seeks an injunction blocking a proposed San Francisco city law. The law would require Airbnb, a website that allows people to temporarily rent out their homes, to verify that renters were registered through the city. The City favors passage of the law as it would boost taxes on such rentals, while Airbnb argues that the law would curtail its First Amendment rights and disrupt its business.
In the hearing, the City’s attorney was asked whether San Francisco could implement measures to lessen the disruption of Airbnb’s business, such as developing an automated system for Airbnb to verify registrants. The attorney responded that Airbnb could implement a system similar to the one Uber has implemented, which requires drivers to upload a copy of their driver’s licenses before being allowed to operate on the site.