Airbnb, the peer-to-peer home rental company, says it brings in $632 million to the New York area over the course of a year.
The company released the report at a press conference Tuesday, according to Airbnb.
The rentals from Airbnb hosts have supported 4,580 jobs throughout all five boroughs, according to the study conducted by real estate and economic development firm HR&A Advisors. Additionally, the study said that nearly 90 percent of Airbnb hosts rent out the home they actually live in -- not one that is only for renting. And, Airbnb guests spend more time and … Read more
Airbnb just got a few thousand more supporters in its ongoing dispute with New York state.
The rent-out-your-home service has thrown its weight behind a petition authored by a New York City host named Mishelle. In the petition, she asks the state's senate to fix what she calls a "poorly written law," which could curb Airbnb's reach in the region.
"The reason this is happening is because of a poorly written law originally designed to stop slumlords from running illegal hotels with dozens of rental apartments," Mishelle writes. "As a New Yorker just … Read more
It appears that Airbnb is going to bat for its New York City hosts; the rent-out-your-home service has filed a motion objecting to the state's recent subpoena asking for troves of host data.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman filed the subpoena last Friday requesting that Airbnb divulge three years' worth of data on thousands of New York hosts. While Airbnb has said that it will cooperate with New York's lawmakers to root out illegal hotel operators and slumlords, its motion stated that it won't turn over sweeping amounts of information on hosts who have done no wrong.
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Airbnb, the social service that provides an in-home alternative to hotels, is under fire from the New York Attorney General's Office.
Attorney General Eric Schneiderman has subpoenaed data on all Airbnb users in New York who have offered to rent out their homes to customers. According to a person familiar with the investigation, Schneiderman's effort stems from a New York state law signed in 2010 that places limits on residents' ability to rent out their homes to others.
Airbnb, which helps people rent out their houses or apartments for a period of time, said last week that it … Read more
Airbnb has helped a New York resident successfully appeal a case that made him pay $2,400 in fines for renting out his home on the peer-to-peer rental service.
The city's Environmental Control Board filed the decision (see PDF below) dismissing the charges Thursday. The City of New York now has to give resident Nigel Warren his money back, according to the decision.
City officials initially ruled against Warren in May, saying that he violated a law that makes it illegal for property owners to rent out homes temporarily, mimicking hotel stays.
Warren had rented his room within the … Read more
Airbnb has hired a seasoned boutique hotel executive to set up hospitality standards for its listings, the company announced Tuesday.
Chip Conley, founder of the posh boutique hotel company Joie de Vivre Hospitality, is Airbnb's new head of global hospitality. His first task is creating a training program for hosts that will set standards for the peer-to-peer home rental company. It's a unique challenge, given that there are more than 500,000 Airbnb listings globally, all with different hosts acting as hoteliers. The company now has listings in 35,000 cities spread over 192 countries, with hosts and … Read more
Peer-to-peer businesses have a new voice as they go up against traditional industries and, in some cases, government regulations.
Businesses like Airbnb, Lyft, and TaskRabbit -- companies in the "sharing-economy" -- have partnered with Peers, a nonprofit that plans to organize sharing-economy users.The newly formed organization made its debut on Wednesday.
Executive Director Natalie Foster said the goal of the organization is to promote and protect the businesses and groups that allow people to share goods and services. This means holding events to bring together advocates and users for "community-building" and providing a place for … Read more
Airbnb crunched its unique set of data to rank American's most hospitable cities, and according to its more than 4 million guests, small cities in the South and the West are the nicest.
Tampa, Florida topped the list released on Monday, based on something the company calls the "Airbnb Hospitality Index." No major metropolitan cities or any towns in the Northeast made the list. Instead, towns known for things like warm weather, the great outdoors, and collegiate activities were the friendliest for Airbnb users.
The company used its customers' ratings to determine which cities had the highest … Read more
Airbnb is celebrating another win in Europe with Germany's second-largest city revising its laws and allowing hosts to temporarily rent out their homes without a license.
The city of Hamburg will now let hosts rent out a private room or "occasionally rent out your private residence" without applying for permission, according to a blog post published by David Hantman, Airbnb's head of Global Public Policy, on Wednesday. Hosts will, however, need a license to rent out any other properties they own but do not live in.
The company, which connects residents to potential house guests, said … Read more