airbnb Takes Steps to Help Cities Enforce Reasonable Regulation

Airbnb to Enforce Limits on Rentals in London, Amsterdam

From the Wall Street Journal, December 1, 2016

The deals may provide a template for Airbnb’s efforts to settle disputes with cities around the world

Airbnb Inc. is showing a willingness to place curbs on its home-sharing business, a nod to regulators globally who have besieged one of the world’s most valuable startups with potentially crippling restrictions ahead of an inevitable initial public offering.

The company on Thursday agreed for the first time to limit the number of nights a year a host can rent out a home in two of its biggest European markets, London and Amsterdam. The concessions could provide a template for how Airbnb operates in nearly 200 countries around the globe, including major cities such as New York and its hometown of San Francisco where it faces bitter fights over some of the toughest rental laws in the world.