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Top 5 Airbnb Storylines of the Year

December 13, 2016

It’s been a tough year for Airbnb. What with four futile lawsuits to try to avoid following the law, shady tax deals coming to light, multiple calls for an FTC investigation by elected officials and being caught red-handed purging data... View Article

Airbnb’s Empty Tool Chest

December 9, 2016

This week Airbnb unveiled a new “Policy Tool Chest,” offering “a resource for governments to consider as they draft or amend rules for home sharing.” Unfortunately, instead of meaningful policy solutions aimed at addressing the growing problem of commercial operators... View Article

The Real Airbnb

December 6, 2016

Since its inception, Airbnb has claimed to be a lot of things. The nice guy of the sharing economy, the little guy of the lodging industry and a friend of the community, ready and willing to work with the cities... View Article

Airbnb’s LA Report Card: F

November 18, 2016

Exactly a year ago this week, Airbnb unveiled its “Community Compact,” a big promise to work with cities to pay their fair share of taxes and prevent short-term rentals from impacting affordable housing. How are they doing? Let’s take a... View Article

Airbnb: Time to Follow the Law

November 16, 2016

Are pigs flying? Is the sky falling? On Monday, Airbnb finally admitted that it CAN do exactly what it has refused to do all along: take steps to rein in commercial operators. Well, if it feels enough political pressure, that... View Article

Airbnb’s War on Cities

November 14, 2016

  Airbnb’s origin story is a familiar narrative by now. A couple of guys wanted to make some extra money to pay for pricy San Francisco rent, so they set up a website to share their rooms with travelers. Now,... View Article

Victory for Affordable Housing in New York

October 21, 2016

More and more policymakers are realizing the damage that commercial operators using short-term rental websites like Airbnb to run illegal hotels are doing to their communities and taking steps to address it. On Friday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed into law... View Article