Airbnb's New Compact Pledges to Play Nicer With Cities But Doesn't Go Far Enough

It’s been an interesting couple of weeks for Airbnb. The startup spent $8 million to defeat Proposition F in San Francisco, which would have imposed stricter regulations for the company. Days later, a horrifying story about two deaths in Airbnb rentals raised concerns that the defeated regulations were badly needed… »11/12/15 7:30pm11/12/15 7:30pm


What Happens When Your Dad Is Killed While Staying In an Airbnb

With over one million unregulated listings globally, critics of Airbnb have long said it’s only a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt at one of the startup’s rentals. The most nightmarish scenario possible happened to a writer who is now coming forward: On Thanksgiving Day 2013, his father died from… »11/09/15 2:42pm11/09/15 2:42pm

SF's Nasty Prop F Battle Proves Airbnb Is More Powerful Than We Ever Imagined

Yesterday, San Francisco voters defeated Proposition F, a set of regulations for short-term rentals which many thought might help ease its housing problems. The defeat is being credited almost singlehandedly to Airbnb. Will the entire city of San Francisco become overrun with Airbnb rentals now? Probably not. Have we… »11/04/15 5:20pm11/04/15 5:20pm

LA Residents Try to Hide Hollywood Sign From Tourists, Except on Airbnb

Last year, a group of homeowners who live in the Hollywood Hills had directions to the Hollywood Sign changed on Google Maps to keep tourists away from their streets. All the tourists, that is, except for the ones who rent their properties on Airbnb. They want those tourists to know exactly where the Hollywood Sign is. »7/09/15 10:00am7/09/15 10:00am

The FTC Wants Your Opinion On Airbnb, Uber and Lyft

Should cities treat Airbnb rentals like any other hotel room? What kind of insurance should Uber drivers carry to protect passengers? These are just some of the questions that the Federal Trade Commission will (probably) be discussing in an upcoming workshop exploring the so-called “sharing economy.” And it wants to… »4/17/15 11:48am4/17/15 11:48am

Airbnb already provides reimbursement for property damage, now they've added liability insurance tha

Airbnb already provides reimbursement for property damage, now they've added liability insurance that will protect both hosts and their landlords should anyone get injured during a stay. The coverage is automatic and goes into effect in January; U.S. only for now. [Airbnb] »11/20/14 4:27pm11/20/14 4:27pm

Working airplane transformed into perfect loft now available on Airbnb

The latest marketing stunt from the Dutch airline KLM gives you the chance to spend a night in this airplane refurbished into a gorgeous loft. At first I thought that sleeping next to the runaway of one of the busiest airports in Europe sounded like a bad idea, but then I saw the pictures and changed my mind. »11/18/14 11:22am11/18/14 11:22am

Airbnb Is Giving NY's Attorney General a Load of (Anonymized) User Data

Don't freak out. But if you're an Airbnb host in the state of New York, there's a good chance your user data is on its way to the New York Attorney General's office. It's anonymized data, so personally identifiable data like your name and address have been removed. However, if the you're suspected of illegal activity,… »5/21/14 11:20am5/21/14 11:20am