RADIO – WNYC – The Fight to Regulate Airbnb

September 23, 2016 Legislators across the country are trying to regulate companies like Airbnb, but a law passed 20 years ago is making it tough. So lawmakers in places like New York are turning their attention to Airbnb users — looking to penalize people who list their homes on the [...]

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Huffington Post Canada – Airbnb Is Sapping Toronto Of Rental Housing: Report

September 22, 2016 Airbnb: It's not so much about "sharing" your space with travellers as renting out entire homes. And it's sapping rental housing out of certain neighbourhoods in Canada's biggest city, said a Thursday report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA). The report, titled "Nobody's Business: Airbnb [...]

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Louisiana Record – Man claims that he was injured due to collapsing stairs in an Airbnb rental property

September 21, 2016 NEW ORLEANS – A man alleges an apartment he booked through Airbnb had a rotted staircase that collapsed, causing him to fall. Andrew Callard filed a suit against American Empire Surplus Lines Insurance Co., HMIA Holdings LLC, AirBnb Payments Inc., Latter & Blum Insurance Co., Lynn S. [...]

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Evening Standard – Airbnb, Dream or Nightmare: Channel 4 documentary goes into the dark side of the travel site

September 22, 2016 In recent years Airbnb has well and truly taken off – a social site which allows people to put their rooms and property up for short or long term rent. Offering a more personable alternative to hotels or hostels, the appeal of the site and app has [...]

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Miami Herald – Airbnb airs TV ad campaign while Miami Beach charges millions in fines

September 21, 2016 While Miami Beach cracks down on short-term rental hosts with millions of dollars in fines, home-sharing company Airbnb is launching a TV advertising campaign Thursday in South Florida.... Source: http://www.miamiherald.com/news/business/article103279937.html

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Willamette Week – The Entire 11th Floor of Portland’s Yard High-Rise is Being Rented Out By the Night

September 20, 2016 The apartment building known as Yard opened in late July. The tower was intended to ease Portland's housing crunch by adding 284 apartments to a city where low vacancy rates are driving up rent. That's why the Portland Housing Bureau offered tax credits to the real estate [...]

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Maclean’s – Vancouver empty homes tax would target Airbnb rentals

September 20, 2016 Vancouver’s proposed empty homes tax would include secondary properties being booked on the vacation rental website Airbnb, with the maximum fine for people who evade the levy set at $10,000. New details of the tax emerged on Tuesday, when council voted to push ahead with public consultations. [...]

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Toronto Star – Airbnb cutting into available rentals in city, study shows

September 22, 2016 Airbnb says its hosts are “regular people” sharing their homes with guests who get an “authentic” travel experience. But the carefully crafted image of the short-term rental company is anything but authentic, say its critics. The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, a social justice research agency, has [...]

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NY Post – Coumo pressured to kill Airbnb bill that fines short-term rentals

September 22, 2016 Gov. Cuomo and state lawmakers have been deluged with more than 80,000 e-mails urging that they kill a bill that would impose fines of up to $7,500 for advertising short-term rentals on Airbnb. But Cuomo has given no indication if he’ll sign or veto the bill, which [...]

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Bloomberg – Airbnb Mobilizes Users to Help Fight Its Battles in New York

September 22, 2016 Airbnb, the San Francisco-based lodging-by-web platform he uses, is trying to enlist him and 46,000 other New York hosts in a political movement. Its most immediate goal: to stop Governor Andrew Cuomo from signing a law that would fine Airbnb users as much as $7,500 if they [...]

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