Group accused of using faulty racial data to slam Airbnb

An anti-Airbnb group has whipped out the race card in its battle against the apartment-sharing service. “White hosts are making money while neighborhoods that are majority African American are losing housing,” says a flier mailed out by the Share Better Coalition, which is backed by the Hotel Trades Council. The group claims that 75 percent…
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Airbnb unveils new category of rentals rated by inspectors

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Airbnb is dispatching inspectors to rate thousands of the properties listed on its home-rental service in an effort to reassure travelers they’re booking nice places to stay.
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Airbnb hosts face fees in city worried about affordable housing

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Airbnb hosts in Boston could get hit with fees in an effort to combat high rents in popular neighborhoods.   

On Monday, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh announced that he had filed a city ordinance to regulate short-term rentals. His plan would charge Airbnb hosts fees for renting out their properties, as well as limit the number of days a unit can be rented out. 

“This ordinance is an important step towards our goal of reducing housing costs by creating disincentives to take units off the market for use as short-term rentals,” Mayor Walsh said in a statement. “It also allows for the continued use of short-term rentals in scenarios that are non-disruptive to our neighborhoods and support our tourism industry.” Read more…

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2 Airbnb hosts could be fined up to $148,000 for illegally renting out their apartments

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Singapore hasn’t eased up on Airbnb, taking action against two hosts here.

On Tuesday, two home owners were charged with illegally renting out four apartment units through Airbnb, and could face fines of up to $ 148,000.

Under Singapore law, it is illegal to let out private apartments for less than three months, making most short-term lets on Airbnb illegal. 

This is the first time in Singapore anyone has actually been charged for renting out their homes on Airbnb.

Terence Tan and Yao Song Liang allegedly worked together to rent out four apartment units at a private condominium, and face four charges each under Singapore’s Planning Act. Read more…

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Airbnb is making a move into restaurant reservations

Airbnb already hooks you up with bed and breakfast. Now it’s looking to expand into lunch and dinner. The home-sharing site said Wednesday it will partner with restaurant reservation service Resy, allowing users to reserve tables without leaving the app. The move marks the next step toward the startup’s ultimate goal of becoming a service…
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Homeowners faced an Airbnb nightmare as renters left them facing huge fines, angry neighbors

When tenants put their homes up on Airbnb illegally, homeowners rack up thousands in fines from cities and homeowner's associations.
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Fancy smart locks marketed to Airbnb hosts permanently broken by software update

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The Internet of Things continues to amaze, but unfortunately for all the techno-utopians of the world, it’s for exactly the wrong reasons. 

The latest case study in why connecting every little thing to the internet might not be such a good idea is brought to us by Lockstate — a company that manufactures, among other things, a Wi-Fi enabled smart lock marketed to Airbnb hosts around the world. The device allows for keyless entry and remote monitoring, along with the charming ability to be remotely bricked.

And, surprise, that’s exactly what happened on Aug. 7 when Lockstate pushed an errant firmware update that left a number of its locks permanently busted. Whoops. Read more…

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NYC hotel industry releases new ad that suggests Airbnb helps terrorists

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The hotel industry is holding nothing back in its war against Airbnb.

The Hotel Association of New York City has released an advertisement that ties Airbnb to terrorism, using the recent Manchester bombing to associate the rental business with ways for terrorists to find housing.

Airbnb did not harbor any of the suspects around the bombing, though the company had initially been connected to an apartment that had been raided by police. That apartment turned out not to be an Airbnb, but rather a private room booked through another company.

Still, the ad uses the Manchester bombing to point the finger at Airbnb’s refusal to hand over addresses of listings to law enforcement.  Read more…

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