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AirBnB offering places to stay for those displaced by flooding

NEW ORLEANS – A site that has been a constant point of contention for New Orleanians is offering places to stay for people displaced by flooding in southern Louisiana.

In a statement released Monday, Airbnb said it activated a disaster response tool and is encouraging hosts to aid displaced residents with housing.

The website states all service fees are being waived for those affected by the disaster who check-in between Aug. 14 and Sept. 4, 2016. The site also has a section for people wanting to offer a space for free.

The company e-mailed the following letter Tuesday to its users

"In light of the recent events in Louisiana, we want to let you know we'll be waiving all service fees and enabling hosts to list for free. We've also launched a disaster response page so you can easily connect with people in need of a place to stay.

If you choose to open your doors at a no cost basis, you'll still be protected under Airbnb's insurance policies, security measures, and host guarantees. Potential guests must request to stay in your space and you can decide whether or not to host them."

Although short-term rentals the site usually hosts are illegal in New Orleans, the law is rarely enforced.