The legal system is increasingly turning on Airbnb, the online platform for hosts to rent out their homes for short-term rentals.
On Thursday, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit denied Airbnb’s request for a temporary restraining order.
The company has argued that its hosts and guests are entitled to due process under the Fair Housing Act.
Airbnb’s lawyers say they have been targeted with multiple lawsuits, including one filed by the Justice Department against the company for violating the Civil Rights Act.
The Justice Department has said the company is responsible for providing hosts with fair housing protections, and that it has not provided the hosts with the proper legal guidance.
Airbnb did not immediately respond to Ars’ request for comment.
The appeals court decision could mean that Airbnb will be able to continue to rent homes, though the company will have to make its legal arguments in court.
In January, Airbnb announced a new policy that bans hosts from renting out homes for longer than 24 hours.
Airbnb said it will be “taking additional steps to further protect hosts’ safety and property” if it has to file a lawsuit.
The judge ruled in April that Airbnb’s ban on short-stay hosts should apply to hosts who are using its platform to host other people as well.
The court also upheld a lower court decision that upheld Airbnb’s decision to ban short-time hosts from the platform.
Airbnb is currently appealing the Ninth Court decision, but the company has said it expects to get a favorable ruling on appeal.
Airbnb declined to comment on Thursday’s ruling, but said in a statement that it believes the appeals court ruling is “a clear victory for all hosts, short- and long-term, who deserve fair housing protection and are afforded the same opportunity for fairness.”
Airbnb hosts who choose to move to another city or country could be forced to vacate their property if the company cannot provide a safe place to stay for them.
Airbnb has been forced to spend millions of dollars in legal fees in the U