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Vacation Rental Law Hits Hawaii Hard—How to Navigate Tough Rental Regulations

By Pauline Frommer

Posted on 08/14/2019, 6:00 PM

Long before Airbnb was a twinkle on founder Brian Chesky’s browser, New York State had a law severely limiting short-term rentals. Called the "Multiple Dwelling Law," it has, in its many iterations, banned short-term rentals of less than 30 days in the state, including New York City, since 1929. The law was strengthened in both 2011 and 2018; today, it applies to apartments in buildings with mo...

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...

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...

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...

When Airbnb Goes Wrong

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 04/15/2015, 10:45 PM

We love Airbnb. We do. It has the power to transform the way travelers interact with local culture and make expensive destinations affordable. It also strips the power out of the hands of overpriced hotels. We love it. But, yes, sometimes it goes wrong.  For those situations, PBS Digital Studios' Everything But the News created this short, funny spoof video. Because just because it's n...

Airbnb Gives One Free Night to First-Time Users

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/13/2014, 3:00 PM

Apartment and home rental has been, as most everyone knows by now, one of the booming sectors of the travel industry. And with good reason: It's often much cheaper than renting a hotel room yet gives you more space, plus it often puts you in the position of living in a real residential neighborhood and living like a local. Airbnb, one of the leading websites that matchmakes available homes...

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