State bans stir critics to ask: Does Lansing know best?

Oct 16, 2017

By Jonathan Oosting for the Detroit Free Press Lansing — Michigan’s Republican-led Legislature is working to ban local governments from doing things none has tried: from taxing soda-pop to prohibiting job interview questions. The recent rash of pre-emption bills — backed by powerful business and industry groups — will prevent municipalities from mimicking what GOP legislators...

A Solution Looking for a Problem

Oct 13, 2017

By Ruth Skidmore for Dome The Michigan REALTORS claim to be concerned that vacationers may not find a place to sleep unless all of Michigan’s residential neighborhoods are opened to unlimited commercial rentals of any home. Don’t be fooled. The true purpose of HB 4503/SB 329 is to create more income for rental management companies by...

Vacation rental bans under state scrutiny

Oct 9, 2017

By Jonathan Oosting for the Detroit News Lansing — A battle is brewing at the Michigan Capitol over Airbnb and other short-term rental properties, pitting the rights of owners against local restrictions inspired by neighbors’ nuisance complaints. Separate bills introduced in the state House and Senate would prohibit local governments from enacting zoning ordinances that ban...

Legislative fight intensifies over short-term rental bills

Oct 9, 2017

By David Eggert for FOX47 LANSING, Mich. (AP) – Local crackdowns on short-term housing rentals have ignited a fight in Michigan’s Capitol, with homeowners and lobbyists lining up for and against legislation that would allow the rentals in all residential zones and prohibit treating them differently through zoning. The bills are being pushed by the Michigan Realtors group, which...

End Illegal Hotels In The Nation’s Capital

Oct 2, 2017

Today, AirbnbWATCH launched a major, multi-platform advertising campaign to shine a spotlight on the negative impact of Airbnb’s commercial operators running illegal hotels in Washington, D.C., and urge Council of the District of Columbia to pass legislation to stop this harmful practice now. The time has arrived to come together and educate neighbors and...

Tell the “Old Line State” to Draw a Hard Line Against Illegal Hotels

Sep 7, 2017

Summer in Maryland means enjoying the beaches, getting out on the Chesapeake and finding ways to beat the heat and humidity. This summer, it also means taking a stand against Airbnb’s commercial operators. As neighboring D.C. considers new rules to crack down on illegal short term rentals that are driving up rent prices and...

Disabled Guests Not Welcome in Many D.C. Airbnbs

Aug 22, 2017

An eye-opening opinion piece recently published in The Hill revealed the difficulty that many people with disabilities encounter when trying to rent short-term rentals. Dr. Unnia Pettus, PhD, a clergy leader, community activist and disability advocate from Washington, D.C. wrote that there are “disturbing trends of discrimination that Americans with disabilities face in the...

Venice Beach Afflicted by the “Airbnb Problem”

Aug 14, 2017

If you haven’t read LA Times Columnist Robin Abcarian’s chronicle of the plague that has hit Venice Beach, which she dubs the “Airbnb problem,” read it now. The community has been struck by eviction, unruly noise, and a total disruption of its culture and people that one analyst describes as, “what makes Venice Venice.”...

An AirbnbWATCH Washington, D.C. Exclusive

Aug 10, 2017

D.C.’s bustling Dupont Circle area has many interesting hotel options – but book a room at DuPont Place, and you’ll find yourself in an illegal hotel that may not be safe. DuPont Place is just one example of many in a network of illegal hotels that have been propped up by the Airbnb platform.

Four Tips for Identifying an Illegal Hotel in Your Neighborhood

Aug 10, 2017

You choose to live in a neighborhood, not a hotel. Yet, there’s a good chance one of your neighbors is operating an illegal hotel or “faux-tel” out of their residential property, renting it out to new strangers each night via Airbnb, without paying the proper taxes or following the common-sense safety and zoning regulations...