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R.I. Consumer Alert Looks at Insurance Implications for Home-Sharing Rentals

Rhode Island’s Insurance Division is advising consumers to examine insurance implications when using home-sharing rental websites such as Airbnb. “Technology has changed the way people interact. There are now online solutions available that let people rent a room or their …

Plan to Limit Vacation Rentals Held off in San Francisco for Now

San Francisco supervisors tabled further attempts to regulate home-shares this week, despite calls from some members to vote on a plan to limit short-term vacation rentals to 60 days a year. The vote by the Board of Supervisors to move …

Los Angeles Hosts Collect $43.1M in Rent, Airbnb Says

Short-term housing rentals are growing in Los Angeles – and so is the debate around them. “Home sharing” industry giant Airbnb has released a study showing its website helped nearly 4,500 “hosts” rent out rooms or homes in the city …

Home-Sharing Service Airbnb Offers $1M Host Liability Policy

The fast-growing online residential space sharing service Airbnb has added a $1 million liability insurance policy that protects those, including landlords and homeowners associations, facing lawsuits related to the renting of their properties through the service. The new Host Protection …

Vacation Rental Firm Sues San Francisco Over Airbnb Advantage

A vacation-home rental website has sued San Francisco, claiming a new law making it legal for residents to rent out their homes online for short periods unfairly gives rivals such as Airbnb an advantage. The lawsuit filed Monday by HomeAway …

Boston Emerging as Unlikely Battleground for Web-Based Businesses

A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country’s top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts from …

Oregon Commish Says ‘Sharing Economy’ Creates Insurance Challenges

Typical insurance policies won’t cover people participating in the “sharing economy” by renting out their home or using their car for a driving service, Oregon’s insurance commissioner is warning. The state’s insurance regulator had previously stayed quiet about the ways …

FAA Ruling Grounds AirPooler’s Uber-Style Sharing in Air Travel

The trend in sharing services popularized by Uber Technologies Inc. and Airbnb Inc. will take longer to gain a foothold in the world of aviation, if at all. The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration reviewed its rules and determined that AirPooler …

‘Share’ Economy to Bring Sweeping Changes to Pittsburgh

Jonathan Danial is a concierge, making sure guests have bottled water, crisp linens and the signature house banana bread — in his home. David Pavel has been a classic limo driver, chatting up his passengers as he gets them where …

Airbnb Alters San Francisco Rental Market, Report Shows

Lodging sharing service Airbnb has taken a bite out of San Francisco’s already limited stock of rental housing as some landlords and housing activists contend, a newspaper reported Sunday. The San Francisco Chronicle commissioned a data harvesting company to analyze …