July 15, 2016
Airbnb hosts, prepare to be probed. Based on a request received by the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, it looks like the online short-term housing rental business is about to get some serious scrutiny, as reported by Reuters. The request to the FTC originated from U.S. Senators Dianne Feinstein of California, Brian Schatz or Hawaii, and Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Website-based rental businesses such as Airbnb, HomeAway, VRBO, and FlipKey have not escaped previous attention, regulation, and, in some instances, lawsuits as the business of shared housing has grown during the current decade….
Source: http://www.digitaltrends.com/home/senators-ask-ftc-investigate-airbnb-others/