A tourist in America could be facing the possibility of a month-long stay in jail for allegedly renting out their apartment to people on Airbnb.
The city of Los Angeles is investigating a case of illegal Airbnb rentals that resulted in charges being filed against a woman who was booked into jail after authorities said she was not an Airbnb host.
“If you are renting out your apartment and the property you are providing is illegal, that’s illegal,” said Los Angeles Police Chief Jim McDonnell.
“There is no room for this in our city.”
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office is also investigating, and a judge is expected to decide in the coming days whether to file charges against the woman.
Airbnb said in a statement that it is cooperating with authorities.
“We want to make sure that we are complying with our terms and that we’re following all applicable laws,” said Airbnb’s chief marketing officer, David Burt.
“When a guest’s rental property is illegal we’re going to find a way to get around that, and we will be doing so.
We are taking every step to comply with the law.”
Airbnb did not respond to ABC News’ request for comment.
The Los Angelas Times reports that Airbnb has already stopped renting out apartments in the city, but that it could not say whether it was doing so for illegal purposes.
The case is a reminder that Airbnb is a popular tool for tourists, especially when they have to choose between staying in their own homes and staying in the United States.
The site has helped millions of people in the past couple of years to save money on hotel rooms, as well as avoid travel fees and the fees of airlines.
Airbnb also has a program that allows people to reserve rooms for short stays.
Airbnb’s website says, “We do not rent out your rooms or apartments.
We rent them out to guests.
The rooms or homes are available to anyone, regardless of income, location, and date of arrival.”
The company said that hosts are not responsible for people who rent out their homes, but said that they are required to maintain strict security measures.
The Times reports: “Airbnb will terminate a user’s account for the duration of the user’s stay.
We reserve the right to remove any host and/or guest who fails to maintain these safety standards.
We also reserve the ability to terminate the user if Airbnb is unable to provide security for the user.”
Airbnb’s service is not without its issues, though.
The company has been criticized by lawmakers who say it helps drive up home prices.
The website recently came under fire after it said that it had removed a feature that allowed people to post their vacation plans for the month of June.
The feature allowed people who wanted to post photos of their trip to their vacation destinations to share their vacation plan with other guests.
“I know that some of you may be worried about your privacy,” the site said in the statement.
We’re not interested in the personal information of our users.
We want to create an amazing experience for everyone who uses our platform.”
The site also removed a video that showed a homeless man sleeping on the street outside a hotel room in Brooklyn, New York.