Mendez v. City of Chicago: Protecting Chicago Home-share Rights

Mendez v. City of Chicago

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Chicago has enacted some of the nation’s most extreme restrictions on citizens’ right to share their homes through online platforms such as Airbnb and Homeaway.

Chicago’s anti-home-sharing ordinance allows officials to search home-sharers’ private residences “at any time and in any manner” without a warrant or probable cause, arbitrarily limits who can engage in home-sharing, imposes unintelligible noise restrictions on home-sharers, and imposes discriminatory taxes on home-sharing.

The Liberty Justice Center has teamed up with the Goldwater Institute to represent Chicago homeowners in a lawsuit, Mendez v. City of Chicago, challenging this ordinance for violating homeowners’ constitutional rights.

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