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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...

You Can Stay in Ralphie’s House from ‘A Christmas Story’

By Michele Herrmann

Posted on 10/30/2018, 1:00 AM

Ultimate fans of the American holiday film classic A Christmas Story might already own a replica of the Major Award leg lamp, nightmarish bunny pajamas, or even a toy Red Ryder BB gun (warning: you may shoot your eye out). Yet, how many of them know that they can spend the night inside Ralphie Parker’s actual house? Located in the Tremont neighborhood of Cleveland, Ohio, the real-life house use...

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...

Guy Builds NYC Igloo, Charges $200 on Airbnb

By Jason Cochran

Posted on 01/25/2016, 7:00 PM

It's chilling proof that not every listing on Airbnb is high-quality: After last weekend's snowstorm, which laid more than two feet of snow on New York City, a Brooklyn man built an "igloo" in his front yard—and listed it for rent for $200 a night, reports Metro. No bathroom, no electricity, plastic-covered pillows, and a roof that may not last until the end of the day—oh, Brooklyn. Your c...

Frontier Imitating Spirit, Cuba, Airbnb, and Priceline: Four Important Developments or Opportunities

By Arthur Frommer

Posted on 02/23/2014, 11:00 PM

    Although the rumor that Spirit Airlines has recently acquired Frontier Airlines is false (Frontier was actually bought by an independent, private equity firm headed by a previous executive of Spirit), there's no doubt that Frontier's new owners are planning to follow Spirit's controversial policies, which is to hit the passenger with every conceivable extra charge and fee.  At De...

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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