Former LA tenants to Airbnb: give us back our homes

  • Advocacy group's suit says tenants were bounced to enable Airbnb to swoop in.
  • One couple had lived in the formerly rent controlled building since 1992, paying $1600 per month.
  • The plaintiffs want unspecified relief, and their homes back.

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A first-of-its-kind lawsuit filed last month in Los Angeles pits four ousted tenants of three formerly rent-controlled apartments against their former landlady and Airbnb. The suit not only seeks to reverse their allegedly illegal ouster, but to highlight what the plaintiffs say are the predatory practices of short-term rental companies.