Feb 06

The city of Miami Beach issued $168,000 in fines related to illegal vacation rentals during Super Bowl weekend, including one party house with four previous citations, and it assessed more violations than the city had in a recent 30-day period.Between the Thursday before the Super Bowl and Monday, the city imposed $168,000 in fines — a total of 17 violations of zoning and city codes.

Source: $168K in fines for Miami Beach short-term Super Bowl rentals | Miami Herald

Dec 14

Property owners once saw short-term rental listing sites like Airbnb Inc. as a threat. Now, some are embracing them. Startups like Sonder Corp., Domio Inc. and Lyric Hospitality Inc. typically lease blocks of furnished apartments on the same floor or even entire buildings under long-term deals. Then they turn around and rent them out to travelers for stays of a few weeks or as short as one night.

Source: In the Airbnb Era, Apartment Landlords Are the New Hoteliers – WSJ

Dec 13

Property owners once saw short-term rental listing sites like Airbnb Inc. as a threat. Now, some are embracing them.Startups like Sonder Corp., Domio Inc. and Lyric Hospitality Inc. typically lease blocks of furnished apartments on the same floor or even entire buildings under long-term deals. Then they turn around and rent them out to travelers for stays of a few weeks or as short as one night.

Source: In the Airbnb Era, Apartment Landlords Are the New Hoteliers – WSJ

Dec 04

NEW YORK – Boston resident Rachel Valerio thought her $90-a-night Airbnb apartment in Manhattan was a good deal until she realized she had booked an apartment in a New York City Housing Authority complex.The apartment was reportedly highly rated on Airbnb in Chelsea.

Source: Airbnb rental turns out to be public housing apartment | FOX 5 New York

Nov 30

City officials have cited nearly 200 addresses — from Seaport apartment towers to handsome Back Bay brownstones to modest two-families in Roslindale — for breaking new rules that effectively ban landlords from renting apartments by the night to tourists on platforms like Airbnb.

Source: Boston’s tough rules governing Airbnb rentals are finally in full effect – The Boston Globe

Nov 02

Airbnb is cracking down on unauthorized house parties after five people were shot and killed at a Halloween party at an Airbnb rental house, the company’s CEO announced Saturday,The company is banning “party houses,” CEO Brian Chesky announced Saturday on Twitter, in reference to Thursday evening’s shooting.The company will be “redoubling our efforts to combat unauthorized parties and get rid of abusive host and guest conduct, including conduct that leads to the terrible events we saw in Orinda,” he wrot

Source: Airbnb bans “party houses” – CNN

Nov 01

The bad news, which went unstated, was that I had unknowingly stumbled into a nationwide web of deception that appeared to span eight cities and nearly 100 property listings—an undetected scam created by some person or organization that had figured out just how easy it is to exploit Airbnb’s poorly written rules in order to collect thousands of dollars through phony listings, fake reviews, and, when necessary, intimidation. Considering Airbnb’s lax enforcement of its own policies, who could blame the scamme

Source: I Accidentally Uncovered a Nationwide Scam on Airbnb – VICE

Nov 01

The ordinance in question allows homeowners who are on-site to share their home 365 days a year but calls for an annual 60-day cap for short-term rentals if the property owner is not on-site. It prohibits short-term rentals in buildings with more than four units unless the owner is present and phases out existing short-term rental contracts in those buildings by Jan. 1, 2021. The law also prohibits renters from serving as short-term rental hosts.

Source: Jersey City advocacy group endorses effort to vote ‘yes’ on Airbnb regulations – nj.com

Oct 09

Miami Beach is on the ropes again in the city’s seemingly never-ending battle with Airbnb. On Monday, a Miami-Dade circuit judge struck down the city’s law that fines homeowners $20,000 for illegally renting their places short term on sites such as Airbnb. The city said Tuesday that it would appeal.

Source: Miami Beach’s $20,000 short-term rental fines ruled illegal | Miami Herald

Jul 13

A local case between vacation rental platform Airbnb and one of the nation’s largest residential property landlords, Aimco, will move forward after a Miami judge ruled against throwing the lawsuit out this week. Aimco sued Airbnb in February 2017 for allegedly failing to stop its users from subletting apartments at three rental buildings in Miami and Miami Beach: The 471-unit Bay Parc Plaza Apartments at 1756 North Bayshore Dr. in Miami, and the 614-unit Flamingo North Tower and 515-unit Flamingo Center To

Source: Judge won’t dismiss Aimco lawsuit against Airbnb in Miami FL | Miami Herald

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