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Airbnb, cornered by city regulations, is fighting to keep home-sharing alive — Quartz

After years of playing the nice guy, Airbnb now finds itself on the defensive in some of its biggest markets, and the pressure doesn’t suit. The company has unleashed lawsuits, held rallies, and spent millions on lobbying campaigns. It has decried political adversaries and brandished opposition research on hotels. The clashes lay bare an ugly truth: Under fire, Airbnb is a corporation like any other. It’s not that nice at all.

Source: Airbnb, cornered by city regulations, is fighting to keep home-sharing alive — Quartz

New Orleans City Council should forbid whole-home rentals, Sen. Troy Carter says

We can make sure neighborhoods throughout one of America’s most historic cities, a city we all love and fight for, remain homes for residents, not hotels for tourists. The current version of the legislation before the council refers to these whole-home rentals as “temporary rentals” and ostensibly places a 90-day limit on them each year. But that limitation means an absentee investor could rent a house out nearly every single weekend of the year without ever violating the law. That’s hardly a limitation. Whether they’re called whole-home rentals or temporary rentals, it’s bad for the people of New Orleans to be surrounded by party houses, and bad for our neighborhoods to be hollowed out by mini-hotels.

Source: New Orleans City Council should forbid whole-home rentals, Sen. Troy Carter says

Short-term renter dies in Nov. 19 Bourbon Street balcony collapse

The Nov. 19 incident occurred at an Airbnb rental, raising new questions about how the city and Airbnb can ensure the safety of visitors who seek out short-term rentals.

When two people were rescued from a fire in a Jackson Avenue short-term rental in April, the state Legislature briefly considered requiring short-term rental hosts to affirm that their properties had basic fire safety measures like fire extinguishers and smoke alarms, but the bill died after staunch industry opposition.

 

Source: Short-term renter dies in Nov. 19 Bourbon Street balcony collapse

Citywide Opposition to the Proliferation of Short-Term Rentals

 

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