CKNW Radio – Another luxury-building operating short-term rentals without proper permits in Vancouver

April 24, 2017 It’s been on the City of Vancouver’s radar for years for illegally operating as a hotel, but CKNW’s ongoing investigation into illegal short-term rentals in Vancouver has discovered the Carmana Plaza continues to flout the law without penalty. Carmana Plaza gained attention back in 2015, when – [...]

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Rivard Report – Short-Term Rentals Debate to Continue at City Hall, State Lege

April 24, 2017 While San Antonio wrestles with formulating its own rules for short-term/vacation rental properties and platforms like Airbnb and HomeAway, the Texas Legislature is considering a bill that would limit the reach of local regulations. Senate Bill 451 by State Sen. Kelly Hancock (R-North Richland Hills), which passed [...]

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Tech Crunch – Seattle grapples with Airbnb in proposal to limit hosts to two properties

April 24, 2017 Seattle will move forward with plans to restrict how many units its residents can list on short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and VRBO. Keeping things a little more lax than cities that have adopted a one-host, one-home policy, Seattle’s proposal would allow each short-term rental host to [...]

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Washington City Paper – Opposing Sides Gear Up for Hearing on D.C. Bill That Would Regulate Airbnb

April 24, 2017 Short-term rental companies, Airbnb included, are locking horns with a coalition of advocates over legislation that would regulate those companies' activities in the District. Both sides are lobbying local lawmakers and rallying supporters in advance of a D.C. Council hearing on the proposal set for Wednesday. The [...]

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Tech In Asia – Opinion: Why Airbnb’s China expansion is stumbling

April 21, 2017 “This is how you kill a successful foreign brand fast: start with a stupid Chinese name.” This was a comment on LinkedIn regarding Airbnb’s latest rebranding in China and is just one of many examples of how the Chinese have responded to the company’s new local name... [...]

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LF Press – City report probes rules and potential problems regarding online renting services like Airbnb

April 22, 2017 With ride-sharing now cleared up, London is taking a closer look at home-sharing. City hall bylaw officials are working on a plan to handle what they’re calling short-term accommodations — the renting of private rooms or houses for hotel-length stays through online services like industry giant Airbnb. [...]

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San Gabriel Valley Tribune (Opinion) – Airbnb hosts are nothing more than ersatz hoteliers: Guest commentary

April 22, 2017 When I moved into my neighborhood in Northwest Pasadena in the early 1980s, it was riddled with unkempt rentals. Over decades, my neighbors and I have slowly clawed back the community using neighborhood organizations, Neighborhood Watch and historic designations to restore the community to homeowners with vested [...]

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Tampa Bay Times – Bed and breakfast owners closing their doors blame Airbnb, local government

April 21, 2017 ST. PETERSBURG — Mornings at the Dickens House revolve around a large, tiger oak table. Guests at the St. Petersburg bed and breakfast plop down around it each morning to nibble on fresh fruit and pastries before innkeeper Ed Caldwell sets down a plate of egg-white frittata [...]

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BuzzFeed News – Airbnb Criticised For Taking Nearly Two Weeks To Remove “Fraudulent” Account

April 23, 2017 Airbnb has been criticised by the consumer group Which? after it took nearly two weeks to remove a fake account that was deliberately set up to look fraudulent. Which? created a series of fake profiles across Airbnb, Homeaway, and Tripadvisor’s Holiday Lettings in order to investigate "how [...]

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Miami Herald – When Airbnb goes wrong: A Miami story

April 21, 2017 Jose Gonzalez was walking his two sons to his car early one morning to drive them to school when he glanced across the street and had to do a double-take. “It’s 7 in the morning and some guy is changing, opening the back of the trunk of [...]

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