ABC News – Airbnb hammer, stabbing attack leaves woman with fractured skull, as assailant arrested

May 9, 2017 A Singaporean man accused of bludgeoning and stabbing a woman he met online has been arrested, more than 17 hours after the alleged attack at the Brisbane Airbnb rental he had booked. The woman has a fractured skull and multiple stab wounds, but managed to escape the [...]

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The Times – Turkish police eject UK tourists from Airbnb flat during dawn raid

May 9, 2017 A pair of British tourists in Istanbul were turfed out of their Airbnb apartment by seven police officers during a dramatic dawn raid in a dispute over whether the company had the right to rent out the property. The two friends had their passports confiscated and were [...]

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BBC News – Concerns over rise of holiday lets in Edinburgh city centre

May 8, 2017 Concerns have been raised that a sharp rise in holiday lets in Edinburgh city centre is making it more difficult to find somewhere to live in the capital. Research by the Scottish Green Party suggests that about half the homes in the EH1 postcode will be holidays [...]

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Holland Sentinel – Holland planning commission to consult with city attorney on Airbnb issue

May 7, 2017 Short-term rentals are being discussed during the next Holland planning commission study session. During last month’s study session, planning commissioners agreed to consult with City Attorney Ron VanderVeen on the legal parameters of short-term rentals, after several owners of these rentals have pressed the issue with the [...]

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The Sun – Boozy tourists on cheap breaks with Ryanair and AirBnB are ruining historic European cities like Amsterdam

May 8, 2017 PARTY-LOVING tourists on bargain mini breaks are ruining some of Europe’s oldest cities, according to tourism experts. Tourism chiefs are warning that popular destinations like Amsterdam are suffering because the huge numbers of visitors mean locals no longer wants to live in the city centres. They are [...]

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The Guardian – I was conned by a fraudster pretending to be an Airbnb host

May 8, 2017 I used the Airbnb website for the first time a month ago to look for accommodation for a family trip to Amsterdam. The first listing in the search results looked promising, and I clicked on a link to contact the “host” and inquire about availability. The ensuing [...]

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Bloomberg – Vancouver Plans More Airbnb Limits to Ease Near-Zero Home Supply

May 5, 2017 Vancouver is preparing to impose more restrictions on Airbnb Inc. and other short-term rental operators as Canada’s priciest housing market seeks to ease its near-zero supply of homes to let. “We’re going to require a business license for anyone doing short-term rentals,” Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson said [...]

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New York Daily News – Trump Tower apartment owner among first two hit with Airbnb ad fines

May 7, 2017 Two Airbnb hosts — one who was renting out a Trump Tower apartment and another who listed her affordable housing co-op for $446 a night — have coughed up $1,000 each in fines under a law banning listings for short-term rentals, according to the city. “The state [...]

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Australia Financial Review – ‘Airbnb took from us, we will take from them’: Accor CEO

May 4, 2017 AccorHotels global CEO Sebastien Bazin has described short-term renting platform Airbnb as a "formidable concept" in a speech to Australian hotel owners and investors. But the boss of Europe's biggest hotel group – and the biggest accommodation operator in Australia – said he was also tapping into [...]

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Reuters – Amsterdam to require homeowners to register dates before using AirBnB

May 4, 2017 May 4 Amsterdam plans to require homeowers who want to rent out accommodation via AirBnB or a similar service to register dates with city authorities ahead of time, the latest limit set by the largest city in the Netherlands on the "sharing economy." The city has taken [...]

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