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

Mendez v. City of Chicago


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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