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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 …

Questions Arise as More Mass. Residents List Their Homes on Lodging Sites

Marcus Ohanesian and Katie O’Connor’s apartment in Worcester, Massachusetts, is in a “family-friendly neighborhood central to the middle of Worcester” and a short walk to excellent restaurants and bars. Their living rooms, with hardwood floors and walls painted in pastel …