Airbnb accuses hotels of price gouging during holiday weekend

Jan 19, 2018

In an escalating war of words with the lodging industry, Airbnb on Thursday released a report documenting what it claims is price gouging by hotels during the Memorial Day weekend. Its analysis concludes that last Memorial Day weekend consumers staying at 21 U.S. destinations, including San Diego, saved $12 million by using the Airbnb...

PRESS RELEASE: Airbnb price gouging could cost fans thousands of dollars to attend Super Bowl

Jan 18, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, January 18, 2018 Contact: Lauren Windsor [email protected] (202) 628-7771 REPORT: Airbnb price gouging could cost fans several thousand dollars to attend Super Bowl Minneapolis Airbnb hosts increase price by as much as $5,000 per night for NFL championship game WASHINGTON, D.C. – AirbnbWATCH, a consumer watchdog group, released a report...

Airbnb boom: Traverse City ranks No. 2 in the state for the service

Jan 3, 2018

By Erin Sloan for Traverse City Record Eagle  TRAVERSE CITY — Airbnb rentals in Traverse City nearly doubled in both guests and host income during 2017. Traverse City Airbnbs hosted 29,300 guests this year and hosts netted $4.38 million in income, making it the No. 2 overall Airbnb destination in Michigan, according to a...

ICYMI: PRESBURY – Illegal Hotels Threaten Communities and Affordable Housing in D.C.

Dec 23, 2017

In case you missed it over the holidays, the President of the D.C. Federation of Civic Associations, Graylin W. Presbury, urged the D.C. City Council to protect our neighborhoods and affordable housing options – before it is too late. Read his thoughts in the Washington Informer, and learn more about why the time for...

Top tips to avoid secret recordings in your holiday Airbnb rental

Dec 20, 2017

We are sharing a series of online content this week to raise awareness of the growing issue of hidden cameras found in Airbnb rentals with recommended preventative tips for Airbnb guests to avoid being secretly recorded in their vacation rental. Several recent news stories showcase this growing problem: Airbnb Hosts Are Recording Their Guests...

Tucker Carlson shines spotlight on Airbnb’s “creepy” hidden camera issue

Dec 8, 2017

B&B approved in Georgetown as state legislature mulls regulations

Dec 7, 2017

By Cathy Runyon for MLvie If you think a bed and breakfast has to be in a historic building or an exotic setting, think again. Homeowners Shawn and Melissa Carver have secured a special-use permit to operate a bed and breakfast in their newer single-family home on Westside Drive in Georgetown Township, the first in the...

Legitimizing Airbnb’s illegal activity? In Hawaii, and across the country, the stakes are too high for leaders to fail

Dec 4, 2017

In the Honolulu Civil Beat last week, Victor Gemaniani of the Hawaii Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice made an incredibly important point about the threats that Hawaii faces from short-term rental sites like Airbnb: Airbnb and a number of other internet-based companies are offering to help in collecting taxes for their illegal...

Russian scammers, U.K. gangs and US Scammers: most recent Airbnb revelations and more illegal activity

Nov 30, 2017

Airbnb rentals are becoming a major safety concern in neighborhoods around the world Following recent news reports (listed below) of Russian scammers, and gang members in London and the U.S. utilizing Airbnb rentals as hubs for illegal activity, including money laundering, drug dealing and sexual assault, we are calling on government officials across the...

‘Ban the ban’: As apps increase access to short-term rental properties, Lansing tries to catch up

Nov 30, 2017

By Andy Balaskovitz for the MiBiz  A proposal to prohibit local units of government from banning short-term rental properties like those found through Airbnb has attracted lobbyists from both sides to the state capital in recent weeks.  The Republican bill sponsors and the Michigan Association of Realtors say homeowners’ property rights are being violated in some cities with...