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New York Law Bans Airbnb Short-Term Rentals

If you need a place to stay while visiting New York City, you should probably start considering options besides Airbnb. Governor Andrew Cuomo approved legislation on Friday that makes it illegal to advertise short-term rentals.

Your Airbnb Bookings Can Now Score You Qantas Frequent Flyer Points

Good news for frequent travellers and Airbnb devotees — you can now earn Qantas points when you book Airbnb accommodation through the airline’s website.

The ACCC Is Making Sure Uber And Airbnb Reviews Are Legit

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is assessing the review policies of “sharing economy platforms”, such as Uber and Airbnb, as part of an international initiative targeting online reviews and endorsements.

Airbnb Is Finally Trying To Fix Its Racism Problem 

Airbnb has long dealt with a problem of racist hosts who discriminate against people for reasons including race, ethnicity, and gender. After facing widespread criticism and class action lawsuits, the burgeoning startup valued at upwards of $US25 ($33) billion is rolling out new rules in an attempt to combat racism.

Ashton Kutcher And Marc Andreessen Team Up To Defend Airbnb From Regulation

Isn’t regulation a pain in the arse? Airbnb sure seems to think so.

The Worst Airbnb Deals At The Rio Olympics

For two weeks, homeowners in Rio de Janeiro will have some highly desired real estate as people from around the world flock to the city (perhaps cautiously) to watch the Olympic Games. Basic economics would suggest the locals will engage in a little bit of price gouging. But woah, some people are getting super gutsy.

Airbnb Sues San Francisco Over Law It Helped Draft

Are you worried about the San Francisco housing crisis? The city’s new law has your back. Are you worried SF’s new law might hurt your Airbnb profits? Airbnb has your back. The rental company is suing its hometown for passing a law requiring renters to register with the city, though Airbnb helped draft that very law. Ah, how money changes people.

Cities Band Together To Deal With Uber, Airbnb

Such is the power of Uber and Airbnb they have inspired international cooperation in this uncertain world. Mayors from 10 cities worldwide are working together to write a unified “rulebook” for how to deal with these companies.

Victorian Supreme Court Rules On Airbnb Case, Sub-Letting Tenants To Be Kicked Out

Much like Uber before it, the legal technicalities of sharing your place via Airbnb are starting to make themselves apparent in Australia. Recently, a landlord won the right to kick out tenants for putting their rented Melbourne property up on the crowd-lodging site.

Airbnb Bans Racist Host For Being Very Racist

Amid growing accusations of racism, Airbnb has permanently banned a North Carolina host who cancelled a black guest’s reservation and called her racist slurs. The ban is Airbnb’s attempt to do damage control at a time when social-media campaigns, personal accounts and even a Harvard research paper claim that the site is a hotbed of racism. It also provides a glimpse into the power of social media and the challenge of regulating users in the sharing economy.

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