“If Airbnb didn’t exist, would my rent even be this high?”

Aug 2, 2017

The following article, originally posted in The Guardian, proves a point we’ve long made about Airbnb. We have no problem with hosts occasionally renting out a room in their home to make ends meet. Our concern is with commercial operators who exploit the system to dodge taxes and common sense safety rules. Illegal hotels...

STRs aren’t the cause of D.C.’s affordable housing shortage? Tell that to citizens.

Jun 14, 2017

In a recent opinion piece in The Washington Post, Dia Michels wrote against D.C. Council member Kenyan R. McDuffie’s proposed short-term rental (STR) bill, saying the legislation didn’t adequately “[consider] the facts on housing in the District and [listen] to stakeholders.” Well, we’re more than happy to hear what stakeholders have to say about...

D.C. Takes Legal Action Against Rent-Controlled Apartments Treated Like “Hotel Rooms”

Apr 27, 2017

Momentum is building in D.C. to finally take a stand against commercial operators running hotel businesses out of residential apartments. Concerned neighbors and residents whose communities are being disrupted and whose rent prices are skyrocketing are finally being heard. The Washington Post reports D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine filed a lawsuit Friday against Ginosi...

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:...

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...

Airbnb Skips the Middle Man and Builds Its Own Hotel

Aug 10, 2016

It isn’t enough for Airbnb to simply enable the proliferation of illegal hotels from San Francisco to Chicago to New York City. Now it’s skipping the middle man and building its own. According to Rob Price at Tech Insider, Airbnb is starting with a “community center in the Japanese village Yoshino — and although it’s never described...

Airbnb Works Against Working Families

Jul 16, 2016

Airbnb is making already-tight housing markets even harder for working families. But don’t just take it from us. New York Public Advocate Letitia James recently commented: “Airbnb’s practices are swallowing up affordable housing units.” This follows earlier comments James made about Airbnb’s complicity in the formation of illegal hotels. (Starting at 1:20.) As James...