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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 …

Judge Strikes Down N.Y. Attorney General’s Subpoena for Airbnb User Data

New York’s investigation into whether Airbnb Inc. allows users to run illegal hotels hit a setback when a judge ruled that a request for information about the service’s rental home providers was too broad. Acting Supreme Court Justice Gerald W. …

Landlords Who Evicted Tenants For Airbnb Sued by San Francisco

The city of San Francisco has sued two landlords for allegedly evicting tenants to rent out rooms on such websites as Airbnb, opening a new front in a controversy over increasingly popular home-rental services. In separate lawsuits filed by City …