According to a new lawsuit, a Los Angeles landlord illegally evicted tenants from their rent-controlled apartments so they could be listed on Airbnb. The lawsuit could become a very large class action, since this kind of method to control rented properties has become widespread and is challenging the amount of housing stock in cities across the US.

A no-fault eviction loophole in US social and rented housing legislation, known as the Ellis Act, allows a landlord to take an entire building off the market to live in it themselves, tear it down or convert it, if they give tenants 120 days’ notice and a relocation payment.

In response, Airbnb has said it will remove listings in rent-controlled and affordable housing units in Los Angeles, to comply with the city’s new home-sharing regulations.

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