The Difference Between airbnb “Private Room” and “Entire Place” Listings

Every airbnb listing is assigned a type: shared room (couch surfing), host-resident “private room” (mini-B&B), and host-absent “entire place” (vacation rental). Host-resident “private room” rentals are generally benign or beneficial. Host-absent “entire place” rentals are where the problems are usually found. The chart below summarizes the differences. (Click on image to enlarge) An SF Chronicle […]

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Questions to Ask Any airbnb Host

At public hearings airbnb often arranges for a large number of airbnb hosts to testify. Generally they will be “private room” hosts who live in the property during the guest’s stay. They will tell heart warming stories about their wonderful guests and how airbnb helped them stay in their homes. These stories are generally accurate […]

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The Basics: Stakeholders and Desired State

When regulating airbnb and similar listing service, the major stakeholders seem to be: Airbnb and Airbnb hosts and those who want to be hosts (who generally want no or little regulation) Concerned Neighbors and neighborhood associations(who generally want a prohibition or a lot of regulation) The City who wants to collect Hotel Tax and have a […]

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The Basics: airbnb History and Stats

In a few short years the airbnb website ( www.airbnb.com ) has gone from promoting “couch surfing”, to host-resident “private room” rentals (mini-B&Bs), to host-absent vacation rentals. In 2008, airbnb operated only in the United States By 2014 it operates in 33,000 cities and 192 countries Has grown to over 300,000 listings Has booked 4 million […]

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The Basic Policy Issues

From a policy perspective, regulating short-term rentals (such as airbnb) seems to have 3 primary components: Appropriately regulating limited commercial use of residential properties. Maintaining the stock of month-to-month rental housing; and Protecting guests, neighbors and residential neighborhoods. These topics lack the glamor of the “sharing economy” or “peer-to-peer web-based services” but do seem to be the underlying […]

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