Hey, Chicago: Here Come The Airbnb Regulations

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Airbnb will be allowed to operate in Chicago after the city council passed two measures on Wednesday that allow short-term rentals, but there will be a few restrictions on that process. [More]

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Airbnb Debuts Complaint Center For Neighbors To Sound Off On Bad Guests

In the old days, if you wanted to complain about a noisy neighbor’s guests you’d either have to storm over there in your nightgown in person, call the police, or gossip meanly with your fellow neighbors. There’s another option now for folks disturbed by rowdy visitors to the neighborhood, with Airbnb’s new online complaint center. [More]

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Airbnb Launching Tool To Let Neighbors File Complaints About Bad Renters

The next time you get really steamed up over the loud party going on next door in the house your neighbor rents out on Airbnb, you’ll have a way to air your grievances directly with the company. The home-sharing business is launching a new tool next month that will allow people to file complaints and give other feedback about unruly renters. [More]

Airbnb Tells Mayors: Be Our Friend, And We’ll Collect Lodging Taxes For You

Airbnb Tells Mayors: Be Our Friend, And We’ll Collect Lodging Taxes For You

Airbnb just wants to be your friend, mayors. All it wants is for you to let city residents rent all or part of their homes out sometimes, and in exchange for that, the peer-to-peer short-term rental service will collect taxes and turn them over to cities. That’s the service’s pitch at the U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting this week in Washington, D.C. Are America’s mayors interested in the pitch? [More]

Chicago Proposes Extra Tax, Looser Regulations For Short-Term Rentals And B&Bs

Chicago Proposes Extra Tax, Looser Regulations For Short-Term Rentals And B&Bs

Direct lodging companies like Airbnb or HomeAway compete with hotels for tourist dollars (even if hotel rooms are sometimes listed on the sites) yet at first didn’t impose lodging taxes on guests. Now some cities require it, and the listing sites collect and remit those taxes to cities. In Chicago, though, mayor Rahm Emanuel has proposed an additional tax on top of that for online short-term rentals, vacation rentals, and traditional bed and breakfasts. [More]

Airbnb To Start Collecting Taxes In Portland, San Francisco, Maybe New York City

Airbnb To Start Collecting Taxes In Portland, San Francisco, Maybe New York City

Airbnb is a site that lets people rent rooms or entire apartments or houses, directly from the homeowner or renter. It has proven popular with travelers, but less popular with landlords, the hotel industry, and local governments. Why do local governments care? Airbnb rentals aren’t subject to sales and hotel changes. In some cities, that’s about to change. [More]