“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...

Sharing Is Not Caring: The Hidden Downsides of a Shared Economy

Jul 19, 2017

By now we’ve all heard Airbnb’s much-refuted claims that it doesn’t affect affordable housing and simply helps middle-class families earn extra money. But in a recent op-ed for The Hill, Raoul Lowery Contreras writes that Airbnb and the short-term rental economy is actually “benefiting very few at the expense of many.” How, you ask?...

Mayors, Your Constituents Agree: Regulate Airbnb

Jun 22, 2017

This weekend, mayors from all over the country will gather in Miami Beach for the annual U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting to discuss important issues affecting their cities. As issues surrounding commercial operators using platforms like Airbnb to run illegal hotels become more and more prominent in cities across the country, we are offering...

Airbnb Passes the Buck on Rule-breaking Hosts

May 26, 2017

After an elderly homeowner found out her tenant was renting her property on Airbnb, resulting in raucous late-night parties and out-of-control guests, the NBC4 I-Team in Los Angeles took a closer look. What do you know? It turned out he was renting at least eight additional apartment units on Airbnb, in buildings that forbid...

The Dark Side of Airbnb

Feb 16, 2017

When commercial operators use Airbnb to run an illegal hotel business and avoid the basic health and safety regulations that all other lodging businesses must follow, it puts consumers at risk. In a striking example, Huffington Post contributor Frank Farwell recounts how a recent stay at a Los Angeles-area Airbnb property resulted in toxic...

Top 5 Airbnb Storylines of the Year

Dec 13, 2016

It’s been a tough year for Airbnb. What with four futile lawsuits to try to avoid following the law, shady tax deals coming to light, multiple calls for an FTC investigation by elected officials and being caught red-handed purging data in New York City? Yikes. Just this week we found out that over 900...

Airbnb’s LA Report Card: F

Nov 18, 2016

Exactly a year ago this week, Airbnb unveiled its “Community Compact,” a big promise to work with cities to pay their fair share of taxes and prevent short-term rentals from impacting affordable housing. How are they doing? Let’s take a look: Not only have they failed to cooperate with cities across the country, but...

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...