“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...

California Dreams, Deferred: The Golden State’s Affordable Housing Crisis

Jul 28, 2017

The Golden State is slowly becoming a place where people can’t afford to live in the sunshine. Basically, there is no room left in California for the Californians – especially the working-class. As if we needed more evidence that reining in illegal short-term rental operators would help combat the housing crisis facing cities around...

Another Day, Another Lawsuit

Aug 1, 2016

It’s always the same story with Airbnb. We’re above the law. Don’t pass that law, pass this law. We don’t want to follow the law. We already know they have a lawsuit in the works against their hometown of San Francisco to avoid complying with a law they helped write, but now they’re headed...

Airbnb’s LA Tax Deal: Different City, Same Shady Playbook

Jul 19, 2016

Airbnb’s most recent attempt to subvert the efforts of community members and policy makers was on full display yesterday when it was announced that the company has convinced Los Angeles to agree to a special tax plan. Sidestepping the ongoing City Planning Commission process that is developing regulations on Short-Term Rental (STR) companies like Airbnb,...