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Arthur Frommer: It's Smart to Make Sure Your Airbnb Host is at Home

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/11/2019, 8:00 AM

A massive battle is being waged in courtrooms all over the world between supporters of short-term apartment rentals and cities wanting to put an end to those uses.     The cities claim that such companies as Airbnb are worsening the availability of housing for permanent residents; that these permanent residents are unable to stay in a growing number of apartments illegally rented by landlord...

A Website Called Fairbnb Has Flung an "Ethical" Challenge to Airbnb

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 06/04/2019, 8:00 AM

Although it has successfully helped millions of travelers to find overnight accommodations in an apartment or home, Airbnb is still mired in controversy and fending off attacks.     It has been challenged by (and remains embattled against) numerous city governments which claim that Airbnb has worsened the housing situation in their jurisdictions and reduced the available accommodations for p...

When Is a Home Rental Legal in New York City? Ask Arthur Frommer, a Former Lawyer

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 01/31/2019, 1:00 AM

There is perhaps nowhere in America that more needs the services of Airbnb than New York City.  Its hotels are frequently sold out, and even when available are sky-high in price. So low-cost Airbnb is best for your next New York stay, right?  Not so fast.   Fearing the impact of Airbnb upon the housing needs of permanent residents, both the city and state of New York have passed rules gre...

I’m Now One of Those People: A Traveler with an Airbnb Horror Story

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 10/18/2018, 3:00 PM

It didn’t happen because I’m a careless idiot, or a very picky, persnickity traveler. It happened because I’m a (bit) lazy. I was heading to Chicago for work and an unrelated convention had sent hotel prices through the roof. To save a great deal of money, I decided to book a room in the apartment of a friendly-looking lady who has cats. (OK, the real reason was the cats—yes, I’m that kind of mid...

Barcelona Unveils Website for Finding Legal Apartment Rentals

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 07/18/2018, 8:45 PM

Barcelona has been cracking down on illegal apartment rentals lately. The Spanish city has closed about 2,000 of them for operating without a license, and slapped Airbnb with a fine of €600,000 (US$700,000) for allowing listings for unlicensed apartments on its website. The company has since agreed to ban illegal rentals in Barcelona—though it has yet to pay the fine. Airbnb's move hasn't kept ...

New Booking Site for Clothing-Optional Stays

By Zac Thompson

Posted on 05/09/2018, 12:00 AM

We're strong believers in packing light—all that luggage will only slow you down—but the champions in that department have got to be those who are fond of vacationing in the nude. After all, once they reach their destinations, they don't need much more than towels and sunscreen (take that, airline baggage fees!). Those carefree and, we assume, frequently chilly travelers now have a new online res...

Hugely Popular European Destination Bans Apartment Rentals

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/27/2018, 8:00 PM

Between 2015 and 2017, illegal vacation rentals, fueled by services such as Airbnb, shot up 50%. As a consequence, rent for locals skyrocketed 40%. For a small Mediterranean island without suburbs to expand to, what is there to do? If you're governing Majorca, an internationally beloved getaway in the Balearic Islands off the coast of Spain, you impose a life-ruining fine of €400,000 (US $485,000...

The Ever-Expanding Footprint of Airbnb and What It Means

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 03/05/2018, 6:00 AM

With speed more head-spinning than Linda Blair's in The Exorcist, Airbnb has been growing and changing and growing once again. In just the past 18 months or so, it has added online guidebook-style material, a section for luxury rentals, another that filters for “unusual” digs, and, most surprisingly, actual hotels. In the latter category, Airbnb will be growing exponentially in the coming months: I...

Airbnb Just Made Planning Group Trips a Lot Easier

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 12/04/2017, 12:00 AM

Humans have always traveled in packs. But booking this style of travel online has always been difficult—few sites allow users to divvy up payments among several travelers.    Airbnb to the rescue. The short-term rental marketplace announced last week that it is modifying its website and app to allow groups to reserve accommodations so that no one member will be left holding the bag. Here's...

One Key to a Successful European Vacation Is Planning Several Months Ahead

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 10/10/2017, 12:15 AM

When is it best to begin planning your trip to Europe? Though some of the experts disagree, the majority of them say just after the start of the new year, when airline tickets tend to be priced at their lowest level. The optimum advance period is 120 days (four months), which means that a smart traveler purchases those tickets in January or February for a vacation in May or June. What about a t...

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