Ventura County Star – Letter to the Editor: Short-term rental deception

November 30, 2016 I hope county supervisors were not fooled by the investors who showed up to make a pitch to legalize — they call it regulate — home-share short-term rentals at the board meeting Nov. 15. The vast majority of them own whole-house short-term rentals. Why would they make [...]

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The Tennessean – Op-ed: Short-term rentals are hurting Nashville neighborhoods

November 30, 2016 Historically there has always been a clear distinction in Nashville between residential and commercial zoning. Even before Metro's "short term rental" (STR) ordinance was enacted in 2015, neighborhood activists were warning about the unintended consequences of allowing "short term rentals" to operate in our residential neighborhoods; you [...]

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BBC News – Airbnb denies liability over Brighton balcony collapse

November 30, 2016 Airbnb has denied liability after four people suffered serious injuries at a Brighton flat rented through the site. The first floor balcony of the flat collapsed in July, causing them to fall two storeys.... Source: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-sussex-38161403

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Times Picayune – Short-term renter dies in Nov. 19 Bourbon Street balcony collapse

November 30, 2016 A man who fell to his death from a Bourbon Street balcony in the early morning hours of Nov. 19 was among a group renting a property through the short-term rental website Airbnb, and his fall might have been caused by a rotted railing, according to a [...]

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Wall Street Journal – Airbnb to Enforce Limits on Rentals in London, Amsterdam

December 1, 2016 Airbnb Inc. agreed for the first time to enforce legal limits on the number of nights a year a host can rent out a home, a major concession as the company is assailed by regulators in the U.S. and Europe. The home-sharing firm said Thursday that starting [...]

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The Advocate (New Orleans) – Guest column: STR battle not over yet

November 29, 2016 If our city gives Airbnb what they want they are selling us out and every neighborhood will be drastically, irreversibly altered. If the new ordinance, when drafted, allows every house, apartment, condo, or commercial building in every neighborhood in the city to be a STR, every neighborhood [...]

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NBC Bay Area – Airbnb and San Francisco Meet Privately to Settle Bitter Lawsuit

November 29, 2016 The NBC Bay Area Investigative Unit has learned representatives from Airbnb and the city of San Francisco met privately in federal court Tuesday in hopes of settling a bitter lawsuit that has gone on for months.... Source: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/Airbnb-and-San-Francisco-meet-privately-to-settle-bitter-lawsuit-403601696.html

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SF Examiner – One vote shy of being veto-proof, 60-day cap on Airbnb approved

November 29, 2016 A hard cap of 60 days annually for short-term rentals like Airbnb was approved Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors one vote shy of a veto-proof majority. Mayor Ed Lee’s spokesperson Deirdre Hussey declined to say after the vote Tuesday whether the mayor would veto the proposal. [...]

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RADIO – CBC – Victoria hotel industry hurting from Airbnb impact

November 28, 2016 The Victoria hotel industry is joining the chorus of complaints about the short-term rental site Airbnb.... Source: http://www.cbc.ca/listen/shows/all-points-west/segment/10968991

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WFSB 3 – Airbnb rentals causing concerns on CT shoreline

November 28, 2016 STONINGTON, CT (WFSB) - People along the shoreline are concerned that homes in their neighborhoods are being listed online for short-term rentals through websites like Airbnb. They say not only is it a zoning violation, but it also raises safety concerns about who's next door.... Source: http://www.wfsb.com/story/33810506/airbnb-rentals-causing-concerns-on-ct-shoreline

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