Airbnb’s Hometown Lawsuit

Oct 6, 2016

Airbnb is headed to federal court Thursday to go to battle with its hometown of San Francisco. This hearing is part of a lawsuit Airbnb filed back in June to block a new city ordinance that would force short-term rental platforms, like Airbnb, to share the registration numbers of their hosts with the city. Under the ordinance...

American Family Voices Demands Transparency from Airbnb on Tax Agreements by Issuing Open Records Requests in Jurisdictions Across the Country

Sep 29, 2016

  Washington, D.C. – Sept. 29, 2016 – American Family Voices announced today that it has issued public records requests to state, city, and county governments across the country that have signed Voluntary Collection Agreements (VCAs) with Airbnb, to demand answers about what really went on behind closed doors to cut these deals. Open...

Airbnb’s New Plan to Help Landlords Turn Apartments into Short-Term Rentals

Sep 23, 2016

If you can’t beat them, join them… or at least that’s what Airbnb seems to be thinking. Last week Airbnb announced a new plan (called, innocently, the “Airbnb Friendly Building Program”) that lets building owners work with Airbnb and tenants to set up short-term rentals in their units, Fortune reports. If you’re thinking, “This...

Airbnb Can’t Be Trusted in New York City

Sep 14, 2016

Last year, Airbnb was caught purging data to make their operations look more benign to policy makers. They were caught red handed and had to apologize for cooking the books. It’s clear that Airbnb can’t be trusted. New Yorkers have sent Governor Cuomo a common sense bill that would crack down on illegal hotels...

Los Angeles is Airbnb’s Next Target

Sep 14, 2016

Airbnb lied to New York City, bullied Chicago, and sued San Francisco. Los Angeles is next, but Angelenos can stand up to stop the rise of illegal hotels from undermining their communities. Contact your city council member and tell them that you care how L.A. shares. L.A. City Council members, by district: District 1:...

Report: LA Landlords Make More Money On Airbnb Than Through Long-term Leases

Sep 2, 2016

Two of the most expensive rental markets in America, New York and San Francisco, are struggling with how to regulate short-term rental platforms with the goals of restricting illegal hotels and maintaining affordable housing. Now, as the Los Angeles City Council is working on legislation to put a hotly-debated 180-day yearly cap on Airbnb rentals...

Airbnb Illegal Hotels DON’T ‘Belong’ in D.C.

Aug 31, 2016

Last week the Washington Post editorial board posed the question “Does Airbnb ‘belong’ in D.C.?“ A more accurate question would be, “Do commercial landlords who use Airbnb to flout the law, reduce affordable housing stock and undermine communities ‘belong’ in D.C.?” Allow us to help you answer that: NO. The Post makes some good...

Airbnb On the Verge of Driving Up Rent in Even More Cities

Aug 25, 2016

Housing advocates have been wary of Airbnb for some time and now there’s new data to back them up. Advocates say that Airbnb is aiding and abetting investors who want to convert homes into full-time businesses. These illegal hotels are kicking out working families, reducing affordable housing and driving up rent in already tight...

NPR Report: “Local Governments Struggle with Handling Airbnb Tax Cheats”

Aug 19, 2016

Airbnb says it wants to be taxed. Great! Time to put your data where your mouth is. Arlington, Virginia’s Commissioner of Revenue Ingrid Morroy says she has no way of identifying short-term rentals booked on Airbnb in order to assess the 5.25% lodging tax that Arlington County collects from all of its hotel rooms.

The Four Best Quotes from Cracked’s “Why Airbnb Is Terrible” Video

Aug 17, 2016

Humor website Cracked has a pitch perfect (and hilarious) new video that explains all the ways that Airbnb is ducking health and safety regulations, is unaccountable to hosts or guests and is taking affordable housing off the market nationwide all while claiming to support the “little guy.” We know better. And so does Cracked.