Letter to the Editor: D.C. City Council Must Regulate Commercial Operators Exploiting Airbnb

Nov 12, 2017

The Washington Informer November 12, 2017   To the editor, It’s time for DC City Council to regulate these commercial operators exploiting Airbnb.  Airbnb began as a way for people to garner extra income by renting out their home when they take a family vacation or go out of town on business. However, illegal...

Maryland hotels, online rentals spar over paying taxes

Nov 7, 2017

By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun  Traditional hotels are making a push to require people who rent out their homes to guests to pay the same taxes and follow many of the same regulations that they do. A bill before the Maryland General Assembly, backed by the hotel industry, is aimed at regulating short-term rentals through Airbnb, FlipKey...

State eyes legislation for Airbnb, similar sites

Nov 7, 2017

By Greg Ellison, OC Today (Feb. 24, 2017) Senate Bill 463, which would ensure online hosting platforms like Airbnb and hosts who offer rooms for short-term rentals are licensed and remitting associated state and local taxes, was the topic of a Maryland Senate Finance … Read more here.

Airbnb fight shows old regulations are awkward fit in new economy

Nov 7, 2017

By Natalie Sherman & Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun  To the hoteliers who are pushing state lawmakers to tax and regulate home and room rentals, the target was clear: Airbnb, the multi-billion dollar corporation that they believe has been unfairly helped by its ability to operate outside the law. But the opponents they faced at a...

Maryland Airbnb hosts made $25.3 million in 2016

Nov 7, 2017

By Natalie Sherman, The Baltimore Sun Airbnb, a growing short-term rental website, said Monday that hosts in Maryland whose properties are booked through the platform earned about $25.3 million in income in 2016. The firm, which earns money through a booking fee charged as a percentage of each transaction, released the information as state lawmakers...

Airbnb grows in Maryland as regulation lags

Nov 7, 2017

By Tim Curtis Operating in a regulatory gray area, Airbnb grew its business in Maryland last year despite relatively few bookings in one of the state’s major vacation destinations. About 151,000 stays in Maryland were booked through the online room rental service in 2016, bringing more than $25 million to the state’s renters. Airbnb...

Manafort Money Laundering Scheme Highlights Airbnb’s Lack of Transparency

Oct 31, 2017

The news of the federal indictment of Paul Manafort, who was charged with money laundering through his illegal short-term rental property listed on Airbnb in New York City, which has come to light in large part to this report by Bloomberg, shines a flood light on the lack of transparency and the flouting of the law...

Airbnb Affects Home Prices & Rent – in D.C. and Across the Country

Oct 23, 2017

 A new report from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) published in The Wall Street Journal recently shows that Airbnb is making housing prices worse in cities across the country – and as the cost-of-living continues to skyrocket, this is a problem residents of Washington, D.C. already know all too well. The report...

Airbnb battle brews in Lansing

Oct 17, 2017

By Lindsay VanHulle for the Business Bridge The last time the fire suppression system was updated at the historic hotel Bob Pierce manages not far from The Henry Ford in Dearborn, it cost the owner close to $750,000. Pierce, general manager of the Dearborn Inn, has employees who monitor the property around the clock.

Republicans taking bite out of local control, stopping ordinances before they start

Oct 16, 2017

By Kathleen Gray for the Detroit Free Press Spring Lake Township, with its Lake Michigan shoreline and proximity to Spring Lake and the Grand River, has much to cherish. The township’s 14,300 citizens want to protect the character of their affluent neighborhoods from the summer weekend bacchanals that have increasingly been invading their hometown. “Every...