Airbnb News

Governor Cuomo Reviewing Bill to Establish Fines for New York Airbnb Users

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo must soon decide whether to authorize hefty fines for many people who offer to rent out their New York City apartments on Airbnb. Meanwhile, the online booking service said it’s policing its website to remove …

Allstate Offers Home-Sharing Insurance Endorsement in Michigan

Allstate is now offering a home-sharing endorsement in Michigan for homeowner insurance customers who rent out their homes on a temporary basis. With participation in the home-sharing economy expected to quadruple over the next few years, Allstate said it is …

Airbnb Sues Southern California City over Short-term Rental Law

Airbnb is suing the city of Anaheim over a law that regulates short-term rentals. The Orange County Register reported the suit argues the city violates free-speech rights and federal law by holding Airbnb responsible when users post listings for illegal …

California Insurers Group Hopes Governor Signs Airbnb Bill

Another bill dealing with the sharing economy is headed to the California governor’s desk. A bill to ensure homeowners and renters offering rooms for rent on hosting platforms like Airbnb and Home Away understand what insurance coverage they have recently …

PCI Urges California Governor to Sign Insurance Bill on the Sharing Economy

The Property Casualty Association is urging California’s governor to sign a bill approved by the Legislature to ensure homeowners and renters offering rooms for rent on hosting platforms like Airbnb and Home Away understand what insurance coverage they have. Senate …

San Francisco Sued Over New Short-Term Rentals Rules

Airbnb has sued the city of San Francisco over a new law requiring short-term rental companies to remove unregistered hosts from their websites. The San Francisco Chronicle reports the company’s suit filed in the U.S. District Court of Northern California …

EU Guidelines Seek to Limit Crackdown on Uber, Airbnb

European Union governments should not ban services like home-rental site Airbnb or ride-hailing app Uber except as a last resort, the EU says in new guidelines, seeking to rein in a crackdown on the “sharing economy.” In guidelines seen by …

Suit Against Airbnb Alleges Racial Discrimination in Housing Rentals

Airbnb Inc. was accused in a civil rights lawsuit of ignoring a Virginia man who said a host with the online room rental company had rejected his reservation request because he’s black. Gregory Selden, 25, sued in Washington Tuesday. He seeks to represent …

‘Cool’ Austin Icy Toward Uber, Airbnb, Bristling Tech Sector

Austin, Texas, boasts a reputation as one of most cutting-edge cities in the U.S, but new local regulations on ride-hailing apps such as Uber and rental sites such as Airbnb are stirring discontent in the tech sector, where some entrepreneurs …

California Bay Area Town Bans Short-term Rentals

A picturesque town in the San Ramon Valley, Calif. has banned residents from operating short-term rentals. The Contra Costa Times reported that Danville’s town council voted 4-to-1 Tuesday to prohibit rentals of fewer than 30 days. The town’s attorney said …