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Airbnb Wants to Make Peace With New York and San Francisco Officials

  • Company and San Francisco agree to register rental propreties
  • Airbnb seeks exceptions to state housing laws in New York
The silhouettes of pedestrians stand in front of Victorian homes and the downtown skyline in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015. Home values in 20 U.S. cities rose at a faster pace in the year ended October as lean inventories of available properties combined with steadily improving demand.
Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Airbnb Inc. is taking steps to resolve long-standing disputes in two of its largest and most lucrative markets.

In its hometown of San Francisco, the apartment-sharing website has settled a lawsuit requiring it to register its rental properties with the city. In New York, Airbnb is working with a local lawmaker to carve exceptions into a housing law. Airbnb said it will register its New York hosts in a state database and permit them to rent only one unit at a time, the home where they live.