Typically, when the city’s code compliance officers come across illegal short-term rentals, they ask renters to contact their hosts and ask to be relocated. In situations where the hosts won’t cooperate, guests still have to leave.

Airbnb, for its part, is currently suing the city, saying that its regulations are overly burdensome.

In the increasingly heated war between the rental companies and communities, renters who unwittingly book rooms that are being offered illegally, are the collateral damage.