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 http://www.wsj.com/articles/airbnb-agrees-to-enforce-amsterdam-limit-on-rentals-1480580233 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 […]

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Potentially very good news about airbnb’s willingness to actively help cities police short-term rentals

Yesterday airbnb announced its intention to abandon its policy of stonewalling cities and instead actively help them enforce reasonable regulations to manage short-term rentals. This includes enforcing annual caps on airbnb host-absent “entire place” vacation rental listings and providing host contact information for use by city regulators. Your City should register its interest with airbnb […]

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Impact of airbnb on Housing Shortage in Portland, Oregon

Of the over 3,000 airbnb listings in Portland, over 2,000 are for host-absent “entire place” rentals that convert long-term rentals for Portlanders to short-term urban Vacation Rentals for tourists From Steve Unger, October 26, 2016 Two years ago the City of Portland worked with airbnb and developed a reasonable short-term rental ordinance.  It included elements […]

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CNN Money Lists 3 Independent Services that Can Help Cities Ensure Short-term Rental Compliance

Meet the Airbnb Police From CNN Money, October 2, 2016 Short-term rental hosts are getting crafty when it comes to working around rules. But now they’re not just going up against nosy neighbors. There’s a new wave of startups that investigate and catch hosts who are violating building regulations and local laws. They’re hired by […]

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Austin, Texas New STR Ordinance is Failing Due to Lack of Enforcement

Steve Unger, Editor, airbnb Analyst BLOG July 20, 2015 Austin, Texas was one of the first cities in the U.S. to pro-actively attempt to regulate urban short term rentals. Austin developed a comprehensive policy; however, local activists report that lack of effective enforcement has kept the new ordinance from being effective. The number of LICENSED short-term […]

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An Introduction to airbnb for City Officials and Stakeholders

Presentation made to the Oregon Bed & Breakfast Guild, March 2005 Editor’s Note:  You can access the 16-slide presentation below. The presentation provides an introduction to airbnb for City Officials and Stakeholders. It examines both the positive and negative aspects of airbnb, focusing on public policy issues and is based on recent experience in Portland, Oregon and other cities. It […]

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