The Two Sides to airbnb

Rental sites like Airbnb aren’t as innocuous as they pretend From the Los Angeles Times, July 19, 2015 So San Francisco, like Los Angeles, New York and some other cities, is offering to go easy on modest “sharing,” in return for the collection of lodging taxes and strict enforcement of the rules against turning housing […]

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Online Video of FTC Conference on the Sharing Economy

Videos of Federal Trade Commission Workshop on the Sharing Economy From the Federal Trade Commission, June 9, 2015 The Federal Trade Commission held a workshop to explore issues relating to emerging internet peer-to-peer platforms—often called the “sharing” economy—and the economic activity these platforms facilitate. The workshop examined competition, consumer protection, and economic issues arising in […]

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Massachusetts State Legislature Looks to Regulate airbnb and Short-term Rentals

State Legislators Aim to Crack Down on AirBnb Short-Term Rentals From the North End Waterfront, January 22, 2015 A new bill by State Representatives Aaron Michlewitz and RoseLee Vincent would introduce the strictest regulations in the country for short-term rentals by companies such as AirBnb, Homeaway and Flipkey. Both Democrats, Michlewitz represents the North End, South End […]

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