Airbnb and its Commercial Landlords Threaten D.C. Communities

Mar 16, 2018

Short-term rentals around the country are being allowed to run rampant without clear rules to follow, destroying neighborhoods and threatening the safety of residents. New research has revealed the extensive role Airbnb short-term rentals play in Washington, D.C., and the many ways their growing presence puts neighborhoods at risk. Homes around the country are...

San Francisco Short Term Rental Regulation: Returning Neighborhoods To Neighbors

Feb 20, 2018

In San Francisco, we’re seeing proof that reining in illegal, risky Airbnbs is WORKING. As the San Francisco Chronicle reports, stricter rules on short-term rentals across the city have stopped homes from becoming hotels. These homes were often gobbled up by big-money commercial operators, driving housing costs up and taking affordable options away from...

REPORT: Airbnb price gouging could cost those celebrating Mardi Gras thousands

Feb 7, 2018

New Orleans Airbnb hosts increase price by as much as $1,500 per night WASHINGTON, D.C. – AirbnbWATCH, an affordable housing advocate and consumer watchdog group, released a report today showing significant price gouging by New Orleans Airbnb hosts, many of whom are commercial operators running multiple listings, for rentals during Mardi Gras weekend and...

ICYMI: D.C. Community Leaders Call on The Council of D.C. to Rein In Illegal Hotels

Feb 5, 2018

 The AirbnbWATCH coalition organized an event in D.C. on January 23rd with community leaders to speak out on the need to regulate short-term rentals in Washington, D.C. The event received great press coverage, including an article by WTOP, which noted: “A group of community leaders is pushing the D.C. Council to pass a bill...

Ready for Super Bowl Weekend? Not if you’re renting an exorbitant Airbnb in Minneapolis!

Feb 2, 2018

Twin Cities’ Airbnb Hosts Busted For Super Bowl Price Gouging Listings as much as 6,000% higher than typical prices   NY Daily News: “While some vengeful Vikings Airbnb renters may be refusing to let Eagles fans stay at their properties, consumers are being warned about the price gouging that renters typically engage in around big...

Lodging Industry Asks for Level Playing Field as Landlords Offer Vacation Rentals

Feb 1, 2018

By Stephanie Fortino for The St. Ignace News The increase of short-term vacation rentals illustrates a growing interest among travelers, and also among landlords with properties in popular vacation communities. The Michigan Tourism and Lodging Association (MTLA) opposes the state legislation that would remove local control of short-term rentals, says its president, Deanna Richeson, but...

Hosts Share a Look at a St. Ignace Airbnb

Feb 1, 2018

By Stephanie Fortino for The St. Ignace News In 2015, Rick and Kathy Perry moved to St. Ignace from Rochester, New York, and by 2016 the couple had become an Airbnb host. Encouraged by their son, Todd, who uses Airbnbs when traveling, the Perrys listed their guestroom online on an afternoon in late June 2016.

Bills Would Give State Control Over Vacation Rentals

Feb 1, 2018

By Stephanie Fortino for The St. Ignace News At the center of a state-wide debate over whether local communities should be able to regulate short-term vacation rentals are questions about property rights, character of neighborhoods, housing availability, local economies, and fair treatment for all types of rental properties… Read more here.

Airbnb’s Illegal Hotels Face Lawsuit from Aimco

Jan 29, 2018

Aimco continues its legal pursuit of Airbnb’s rampant, dangerous commercially-operated rentals.   These illegal hotels – which take affordable, available housing units off the market, drive up housing and rental costs, and bring a revolving door of strangers into local buildings and neighborhoods – are being brought to light through Aimco’s suit.   The...

Airbnb price gouging could cost fans thousands to attend Super Bowl

Jan 25, 2018

Airbnb price gouging could cost fans thousands to attend Super Bowl Minneapolis Airbnb hosts increase price by as much as $5,000 per night for NFL championship game The new AirbnbWATCH Price Gouging report shows significant price gouging by Airbnb hosts in Minneapolis, Minnesota for rentals during Super Bowl weekend in the host city for this year’s...