Airbnb News

Is Colorado’s Pet Sitting Law Another Insurance Quagmire Waiting to Unfold?

If it barks like a dog… A new Colorado law that enables people to sit up to three pets without needing a license looks pretty much like just another piece of the growing gig economy. People can sell their services …

Uber Faces Biggest Challenge to European Plans in Region’s Top Court

Uber faces the biggest challenge yet to its European roll-out after the region’s top court was advised to rule that the U.S. ride-hailing firm is actually a transport service not an app. Although the opinion of the Court of Justice …

Airbnb Sues City of Miami, Alleges Violation of Hosts’ First Amendment Rights

The homesharing platform Airbnb is suing the city of Miami, where officials threatened to crack down on hosts who publicly protested regulations prohibiting short-term rentals. According to the lawsuit filed Friday in Miami-Dade County by Airbnb and five individual hosts, …

Airbnb at Odds with Miami Mayor Over Homesharing Regulations

Airbnb and other home-sharing platforms face more restrictions in Miami, where the mayor plans for more aggressive enforcement of regulations prohibiting rentals of single-family homes in its residential areas. Amid spring break and days before the annual Ultra electronic music …

Oregon Woman Sues Airbnb Alleging Discrimination

A Clackamas County, Ore. woman has filed a lawsuit against vacation-rental website Airbnb, saying the site facilitates discrimination against black users. The Oregonian/OregonLive reported that Patricia Harrington has filed a class-action lawsuit accusing Airbnb of violating Oregon’s public accommodation laws. …

Hawaiian Lawmakers Seeking to Get Vacation Rental Data

Hawaii lawmakers may create a group to develop a way to collect data on how vacation rentals affect Hawaii’s tax revenue, housing supply and brand as a visitor destination. The Senate Ways and Means Committee passed a bill to set …

Singapore Tightens Rules for Sharing Economy that Could Disrupt Asia Ambitions

Singapore, a keen early adopter of the sharing economy, has fired a warning shot across the bow of Airbnb and Uber with tighter rules that could shake up their business models and growth ambitions in Asia. The rules, some say, …

Airbnb, New York City Settle Rental Law Lawsuit

Airbnb Inc. and New York City said on Friday they had resolved a lawsuit brought by the company challenging a law it argued could expose it to significant penalties for advertising short-term apartment rentals. Airbnb filed the suit in October …

Insurtech Startup Trov Launches in UK, Offering On-Demand Coverage

The on-demand economy, which uses smartphone technology to immediately fill consumer needs, has changed the way people order food, a car, or a place to stay. Now, technology startups are targeting the next business frontier – insurance – offering coverage …

New York to Hold Off Enforcing Airbnb Sublet Restrictions

The city and state of New York said Monday they would hold off enforcing a new law restricting short-term apartment sublets against Airbnb Inc. until the company’s lawsuit over the issue is resolved. That was a reversal from earlier indications …