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For years the Airbnb model has left property management companies out in the cold. A new partnership, supported by a new technology platform, puts some of the Airbnb rental cash back in their pockets. This exciting innovation is just one way that Airbnb has disrupted housing. And, the HIVE conference audience will be able to hear direct from one of the company's top innovators, Chip Conley at the show next month.

Once a foe to landlords, Airbnb is now working with some of them.

The home rental site announced Sunday that it's partnered with San Francisco's largest residential landlord, Veritas Investments. The idea is to let tenants in Veritas buildings list their apartments on Airbnb for short-term rentals and then share the profit with their landlord.

"Veritas is a leader and innovator in the real estate community," Jaja Jackson, Airbnb's director of global multi-family housing partnerships, said in a statement.

In just under a decade, Airbnb has gone from a website for couch surfers to having a massive online presence. It lists millions of homes for short-term rentals in almost every country on Earth. That growth, however, has come with challenges.

The company has waged extended battles with landlords, regulators and housing advocates in major cities around the world, including San Francisco, New York, Paris, Berlin and Barcelona. So, over the past year, the company has been working to make nice with lawmakers and landlords.

Many landlords don't allow tenants to sublet their apartments on Airbnb. That's because it typically comes with more risk and no profit for them. But, increasingly, Airbnb is working with landlords on profit-sharing deals. The company announced a partnership with a major landlord in Florida last month that's similar to its Veritas deal.

As for Veritas, it will initially let tenants in five of its buildings list their apartments on Airbnb. The landlord will get 10 percent of that short-term rental profit and said it will put some of the money back into the building for upgrades and program oversight. Veritas owns more than 200 buildings in San Francisco.

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