Colorado Ski Towns Concerned About airbnb Impact

Resort communities weigh regulation, enforcement of vacation rentals From The Denver Post, July 19, 2015 A comprehensive analysis by the Colorado Association of Ski Towns, or CAST, reveals homeowners’ conversion of long-term rental properties into short-term vacation rentals as the largest rental-by-owner issue for resort communities. Vacation rentals now join the list of challenges for […]

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In San Francisco airbnb Lobbying Delays Tougher Sanctions for Now – Housing Advocates Vow Ballot Measure

As City Hall dawdles, S.F. housing advocates look to Airbnb ballot From USA Today, June 10, 2015 After watching this city’s Board of Supervisors again fail to agree on tougher home-sharing rules, housing advocates alarmed over skyrocketing rents and increased evictions here are looking to put the issue directly to voters. … The legislative inaction […]

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Subject to Intense Lobbying by airbnb, San Francisco Planning Commission Proposes Toothless airbnb Regulation

On Guard: Planning Commission blew it; Airbnb proposal has no teeth From the San Francisco Examiner, April 27, 2015 The Planning Commission’s vote Thursday to go soft on Airbnb enforcement requirements pulls the teeth out of short-term housing rental regulations, rendering them worthless.  And lobbyists working behind the scenes on behalf of Airbnb should also […]

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airbnb Fails to Convince New York City Legislators

City Council’s animosity toward Airbnb grows From Crain’s Insider, January 26, 2015 Airbnb’s charm offensive is not going well. Last Tuesday’s marathon City Council hearing on illegal hotels and room-sharing earned the online service more enemies in the chamber than friends. Several council members went into the hearing with open minds about the controversial company, […]

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airbnb Hires Major Lobbying Firm in Califoria

Girding for California fight, Airbnb retains lobbying firm From The Sacramento Bee, December 23, 2014 Prefacing a legislative showdown over the popular apartment-sharing service, Airbnb has retained a prominent California lobbying firm. It had been widely expected that the Legislature would consider one or more bills to regulate Airbnb during the impending legislative session. The […]

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Portland Debates New Proposals to Fine Listing Services Who Don’t Remove Listings With No Permit Number

Lobbying Group Including Airbnb Pushes Back on Portland’s Plan to Toughen Short-Term Rental Rules From Willamette Week, December 17, 2014 Airbnb is marshaling other home-sharing sites to fight Portland City Hall plans to crack down on unlicensed hosts. City Council is scheduled to vote Dec. 18 on an ordinance that would fine online rental marketplaces […]

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airbnb Spent Over $47,000 Lobbying Politicians in Portland, Oregon

Airbnb Has Spent $47,000 Lobbying Portland City Hall From Willamette Week, November 12, 2014 Airbnb keeps spending money to woo Portland City Hall. The company has reported spending $23,331 on lobbying City Hall in the third quarter of 2014. That’s when the City Council approved rules legitimizing the company’s operations, requiring safety inspections on short-term […]

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