Tag: Airbnb

Changes may be coming to Airbnb-type rentals in D.C.

WASHINGTON — A move to amend short term rental rules in D.C. is making its way through the city council. The effort — which is still open to amendments — would create a scheme for licensing the rentals, allow the rentals to take place only in a homeowner’s primary residence and limit the rentals to […]

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Problems with short-term rentals prompt DC to question landlords

WASHINGTON — D.C. Attorney General Karl Racine’s office sent letters to 19 building owners and managers of 33 residential apartment buildings in the District requesting answers about short-term rentals being offered alongside long-term leases. The A.G.’s office says it has received complaints from tenants about safety concerns and frequent disruption from noisy and rowdy short-term guests. […]

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Drunk NYPD cop shouted racial slurs at family after breaking into their home thinking it was his AirBnB

NYPD officer Michael Reynolds is under investigation after allegedly breaking into a Nashville home and drunkenly terrorizing its occupants, threatening youngsters and shouting racial slurs. He thought it was his AirBnB, supposedly. Surveillance video, obtained by Eyewitness News from ABC affiliate WGRB, captures a man’s voice shouting, “Try to shoot me, I’ll break every bone […]

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Airbnb invited people to spend a night in the Great Wall of China, but forgot to ask China first

The Great Wall of China is often considered to be one of the wonders of the modern world. It’s an incredible accomplishment in engineering and construction, and it holds a lot of cultural significance for the people of China. Airbnb recently planned to celebrate (or exploit?) the wall’s iconic nature by inviting people to enter […]

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Airbnb Is the New NATO

I was chatting earlier this year with Brian Chesky, the co-founder and chief executive of Airbnb. He told me about trying to raise $150,000 in 2008 for his idea of a peer-to-peer home and room rental company. Everyone called him crazy. They scoffed at the notion that people would trust one another enough to allow […]

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Expedia’s HomeAway Bet Is Starting to Pay Off

Expedia Group Inc.’s 2015 purchase of HomeAway, meant to help it compete with online home-rental upstart Airbnb Inc., is finally starting to pay off. After years of updating the company’s aging technology, introducing a guest booking fee and persuading reluctant hosts to handle transactions online, HomeAway’s profit doubled in the second quarter from the same […]

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Apart-Hotels Vie For Higher Profile in Airbnb Era

It’s one of the most divisive questions for road warriors: hotel or Airbnb? Don’t agonize over your answer. Thanks to a new, hybrid concept that’s taking the hospitality world by storm, it’s possible to get the best of both worlds. Meet the boutique apart-hotel. It’s half-apartment, half-hotel, but 100 percent ready for your Instagram feed. These […]

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New York City Looks to Crack Down on Airbnb Amid Housing Crisis

“After taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in campaign contributions from the hotel industry, we’re not surprised the City Council refused to meet with their own constituents who rely on home sharing to pay the bills and then voted to protect the profits of big hotels,” Liz DeBold Fusco, a spokeswoman for Airbnb, said in […]

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AI spots legal problems with tech T&Cs in GDPR research project

Technology is the proverbial double-edged sword. And an experimental European research project is ensuring this axiom cuts very close to the industry’s bone indeed by applying machine learning technology to critically sift big tech’s privacy policies — to see whether AI can automatically identify violations of data protection law. The still-in-training privacy policy and contract […]

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Airbnb courts sublets with Century 21 partnership in France

Airbnb has become something of a poster child for the “sharing economy,” having grown from its simple “air mattress and cereal” promise in 2008 to become a home rental powerhouse a decade later. The San Francisco-based startup has raised more than $4 billion in funding, and recent reports indicate that it drew in revenue of […]

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August can now generate smart entry codes for Airbnb guests

August Lock is getting into the homesharing industry, making the process of checking in an Airbnb guest a bit easier. Airbnb has done what it can over the past few months to make checking in plain and simple. For example, the company built out a new tool that lets hosts spell out check-in instructions within […]

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India’s budget hotel network unicorn OYO expands into China

The tech world sees plenty of Chinese companies move into India — including the likes of Alibaba and Xiaomi — but few expand the other way. OYO Rooms, the billion-dollar Indian startup that pioneered budget hotel networks, is looking to buck the trend, however, after it launched operations in China. Today the company officially announced its […]

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Airbnb took a big hit in Japan that left thousands of travelers with no lodging

Image: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Getty Images By Marcus Gilmer2018-06-10 10:12:01 -0500 If you’re traveling to Japan in the next few weeks and you have an Airbnb reservation, you better start looking for alternate housing because thousands of listings have been removed thanks to a new law.  Home-sharing became legal in Japan just last year. But a new […]

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Airbnb Japan cancellation crisis: What you need to know

It’s possibly every traveler’s worst nightmare: that perfect, affordable Airbnb you booked gets unexpectedly cancelled. Now it’s the headache facing thousands of visitors to Japan, with Airbnb forced by the government to axe upcoming reservations over a new registration process. Known as the “minpaku” law, referring to Japanese guesthouses that are privately rented, the new […]

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