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...

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?...

Airbnb Makes Tax Deals Where the Sun Doesn’t Shine

Mar 28, 2017

Recently, a former executive director of the Multistate Tax Commission with more than 40 years in tax administration looked into Airbnb’s secret tax deals with cities across the country. Surprise, surprise: He found the results “unsettling.” In an op-ed for The Hill, Dan Bucks writes: “Despite their best efforts to keep the tax agreements secret...