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Some Airbnb ‘Mega Hosts’ Are Renting Out More Than 1,000 Properties At Once

The portrait that Airbnb paints of its hosts is homeowners who either want to occasionally rent out unused rooms, or people who just happen to have amazing weekend homes that they want to share with random strangers. That may be true for many Airbnb hosts, but there’s also a growing concern about so-called “mega hosts” who are effectively running hotel operations, renting out dozens, hundreds, sometimes more than 1,000, properties at any given time. [More]

NYC Mayor's Office

NYC Landlords Busted For Renting Illegal Rooftop Shacks On Airbnb

If you see an Airbnb listing for a New York City apartment with rooftop views, be warned that you may be paying hundreds of dollars a night to stay in an illegally constructed shack underneath a bridge. [More]

JayRaz

Airbnb, San Francisco Decide To Kiss And Make Up Over Rental Registrations

The legal fight between Airbnb and San Francisco over rental registrations in the city is over, now that the two sides have agreed to kiss and make up. [More]

Marriott Bringing Boutique Hotel Rooms To Coachella Tents

Marriott Bringing Boutique Hotel Rooms To Coachella Tents

In the past, Coachella concert-goers interested in getting a bit of a taste of the hotel life would have had to trek away from the music festival to an actual hotel. Now, Marriott is bringing its boutique hotel flare to the festival’s field with a handful of luxury tents. [More]

Neff Conner

Hotel Industry Claims That Airbnb Market Dominated By “Illegal Hotels”

Home-sharing platforms like Airbnb describe their services as a way for homeowners with extra rooms — or second houses they rarely use — to connect with people looking for a place to stay. Hotel owners counter that Airbnb just lets people run de facto hotels without all of the regulations and taxes. In a new report, the industry lays out its case against these allegedly illegal hotels.
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Airbnb Adds High-End Rentals To Roster With Purchase Of Luxury Lodging Company

Forget about renting someone’s extra bedroom through Airbnb on your next trip, now you can book a luxury villa, thanks in part to Airbnb’s recent acquisition of high-end lodging company Luxury Retreats.  [More]

Bill

Marriott May Offer Communal Rooms With Shared Living, Kitchen Spaces

When you travel with a group, it can be a pain to book adjoining rooms, and even then you all have to cram into one person’s room or lay claim to the lobby bar if you want to get together. This is one reason why groups are increasingly turning to Airbnb and similar services, and why Marriott may try rooms with communal spaces. [More]

Airbnb Invests $13M In Restaurant Booking Service In Quest To Be One-Stop Travel Shop

Airbnb Invests $13M In Restaurant Booking Service In Quest To Be One-Stop Travel Shop

Not content to exist simply as an accommodations booking site, Airbnb is continuing its efforts to provide any service a traveler may need with a $13 million investment in a restaurant booking app called Resy. [More]

Darren Sethe

Private Eyes Spy On Apartments To Catch Illegal Airbnb Hotels

In cities where housing is in short supply like New York and San Francisco, permanent residents are understandably upset when their landlords boot them out to use their apartments as mini-hotels. To prove that this is happening, ousted tenants are turning to private detectives who monitor their former apartments as if they were cheating spouses. [More]

Ron Kroetz

Airbnb Wants To Help Book Your Plane Tickets

Airbnb handles the lodging part of your travel, but the company has made it clear that it wants to handle more of your trip. Its previous expansion, Trips, let customers book things to do at their destination. Airbnb apparently also wants to help travelers get to those destinations in the first place, by helping its customers book their flights. [More]

Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine

Airbnb Won’t Be Held Liable For Law-Breaking Listings In NYC

Back in October, the state of New York passed a new law specifically aimed at micro-hoteliers who rent out one or more New York City apartments to tourists. Airbnb immediately sued the state and the city over how the law will be enforced, and now the case has been settled. [More]

EFFIE YANG

Renting A Rulebreaking Airbnb Could Leave You Without A Place To Sleep

While Airbnb and New York City continue to battle it out over new restrictions that would penalize hosts with hefty fines for subletting whole apartments for less than 30 days, a California couple says the law — which isn’t currently being enforced — led to a costly and frustrating scenario while visiting the Big Apple.  [More]

Open Grid Scheduler / Grid Engine

Airbnb Launches “Trips,” Offering Customers Things To Do, See On Their Travels

Airbnb’s plan to apparently become a full-time travel agency by offering customers add-on travel options like tours, bike rentals, and more moved another step closer to reality this week as the company officially launched Trips, a service that combines accommodations with things to do. [More]

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Travelers Can Now Earn Delta Miles When They Book An Airbnb Stay

Following in the footsteps of fellow carriers Qantas and Virgin Atlantic, Delta Air Lines says it’s also teaming up with Airbnb to reward travelers who book stays through the home-sharing service. [More]

Judge: Airbnb Can Force Users’ Racial Discrimination Claims Out Of Courtroom

Judge: Airbnb Can Force Users’ Racial Discrimination Claims Out Of Courtroom

A large — and growing — number of companies use arbitration clauses in their overlong, legalese-stuffed customer agreements to prevent customers from bringing lawsuits and joining together in class actions, but can that arbitration agreement be used to avoid legal liability for possible violations of federal civil rights law? According to one federal judge, yes. [More]

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Airbnb Sues New York Over New Short-Term Rentals Law, State Won’t Enforce It Yet

The latest govermnent to impose rules on short-term rental site Airnbnb is New York: while the law is statewide, it’s mostly intended to clamp down on whole-apartment rentals that critics say are affecting the supply and prices of housing in New York City. The governor signed the law on Friday, and Airbnb immediately sued. Now the state won’t enforce the law until the lawsuit has been resolved. [More]

Vivienne Gucwa

Dear New Yorkers: Your Short-Term Airbnb Listing Could Lead To $7,500 Fine

It’s already illegal for New York residents to list their unoccupied apartments on Airbnb for less than 30 days, but now it’s illegal and it could cost them: Governor Andrew Cuomo on Friday signed into law a measure that penalizes hosts up to $7,500 for such listings.  [More]

Tom Richardson

Trouble With Twitter, Reddit, Or The Rest Of The Internet Today? It’s Not Just You.

Update: Dyn reports that as of about 9:30 a.m., service has been restored and affected sites and services should start returning to normal. However, as of about 11:50 another round appears to have begun, with even more trouble hitting around 1:30 ET. Read on for more about the scope of the issue. [More]