Vancouver Sun – Vancouver has done little to crack down on short-term rentals, documents show

January 12, 2017 City of Vancouver staff have done little over the past year to crack down on short-term rentals in multi-unit residential buildings, based on documents obtained in a freedom of information request. Documents show that between Jan. 1, 2016 and the end of November, city staff conducted only [...]

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Santa Monica Daily Press – Public registration required for homeowners providing short term rentals

January 12, 2017 Homeowners in Santa Monica who wish to rent out a room or backyard cottage on home-booking websites like Airbnb will have to publicly register with the City, according to new language in the ordinance passed by the City Council Tuesday. Up until now, all home-shares had to [...]

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Mercury News – Oakland: Airbnb landlords, affordable housing advocates face off at city meeting

January 12, 2017 OAKLAND — Airbnb landlords came out in force Thursday evening to defend the short-term rental platform, occasionally sparring with affordable housing advocates as they implored city officials not to restrict their ability to rent their homes. During a two-hour meeting at City Hall, two-dozen Oakland residents — [...]

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DNA Info – Here’s Where Airbnb is Banned in Chicago

January 13, 2017 CHICAGO — At least 91,000 of Chicago's apartment and condo units, about 7.6 percent of all housing units in Chicago, are on the city's list of places that cannot host guests through home-sharing services like Airbnb. The city recently made public a list of 940 buildings across [...]

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Washington Post – Your condo probably has a rule against renting your unit out on Airbnb

January 13, 2017 Inauguration weekend is almost here, and it is estimated that more than a million visitors will be coming to Washington — some to applaud and some to protest the new president. Where will all these people stay? Some will be in hotels, although room rates in downtown [...]

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Boston Globe – Baker revives Airbnb rental tax proposal

January 12, 2017 Airbnb users who rent out private rooms for five months a year or longer would have to collect hotel taxes under a proposal detailed Thursday by Governor Charlie Baker. The governor’s plan, to be included with his formal budget proposal later this month, would target a small [...]

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Evening Standard – ‘Machete’ thugs trash flat rented out on Airbnb over New Year’s Eve

January 12, 2017 Artist Ela Boyd, 36 is calling for more rigorous checks on guests on the home-sharing site and labelled the people who wrecked her home "pigs." Miss Boyd agreed to rent the north London flat to a young woman who said she would was “going to the Royal [...]

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Phys.org – Study: How new Airbnb nondiscrimination policy may be worse

January 11, 2017 The sharing economy is a booming industry, with companies such as Uber and Airbnb generating billions in value each year. Technology, combined with informal peer business practice, has made it easier than ever to call for a ride or rent a living space. However, the sharing economy [...]

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CBC News – Richmond to enforce ban on short-term Airbnb rentals, says mayor

January 11, 2017 The City of Richmond, B.C. is still working out how it will enforce a ban on unlicensed short-term housing rentals — such as those found on Airbnb — after a surprising vote earlier this week. City council voted unanimously in favour of the ban on Monday evening, [...]

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Willamette Week (OR) – Murmurs: A North Portland Airbnb Host Faces a $52,000 Fine

January 11, 2017 For the first time since legalizing short-term rentals in 2014, Portland City Hall has cracked down on a property listed on the websites Airbnb and VRBO with the full force of city code. The owner of a house in North Portland's Humboldt neighborhood faces a possible $52,750.91 [...]

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