Airbnb issues strong reminder to hosts to obey laws, leases
Airbnb likes to say it reminds hosts that they must check local laws and leases before agreeing to rent out apartments. But after The Chronicle reported efforts by San Francisco officials and landlords to crack down on wayward hosts, the company is trying a little harder to remind people to play by the rules. Airbnb released revised terms of service that state many cities have laws restricting short-term paying guests, while many leases and condo agreements may prohibit the practice. It also advises that paying hotel taxes - something the company has said it will do in San Francisco by summer - is coming soon. The company e-mailed users about the changes this week and said all hosts must agree to them by April 30.