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...

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...

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...

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...