Rentals & Shares

In a Tough Seller’s Market, London Luxury Homeowners Turn to Airbnb

In a Tough Seller’s Market, London Luxury Homeowners Turn to Airbnb

Jack Sidders and Linly Lin, Bloomberg

Good news for short-term rental platforms like Airbnb, onefinestay, and others. Advertising homes as "Airbnb ready" is something you can expect to see more of in the next few years.

15 hours ago

3 Ways Tujia Plans to Beat Airbnb’s New Strategy for China

3 Ways Tujia Plans to Beat Airbnb’s New Strategy for China

Deanna Ting, Skift

The reigning "Airbnb of China" is going all out to increase its competitive edge in the country as its leading homesharing platform.

1 day ago

This Is What Airbnb Trips Hosts Really Think of Airbnb’s Newest Product

This Is What Airbnb Trips Hosts Really Think of Airbnb’s Newest Product

Deanna Ting, Skift

Overall, the reviews are positive, but some have found the app to be glitchy at times. The bigger question on our minds: Can this prove to be a moneymaker for both hosts and for Airbnb in the long term?

1 day ago

Hawaii Tries a Light Touch for New Vacation Rental Regulations

Hawaii Tries a Light Touch for New Vacation Rental Regulations

Audrey McAvoy, Associated Press

We've yet to see a market where the carrot approach works better than the stick, and we're not optimistic about Hawaii’s hopes either.

2 days ago

Airbnb Rebrands in China to Better Compete With Local Rivals

Airbnb Rebrands in China to Better Compete With Local Rivals

Deanna Ting, Skift

But the bigger question remains: Can it successfully compete with the reigning "Airbnb of China," Tujia?

6 days ago

Miami’s Mayor Wants Tougher Regulations on Airbnb

Miami’s Mayor Wants Tougher Regulations on Airbnb

Jennifer Kay, Associated Press

As much as Airbnb says it wants to work with cities, we always have to wonder: Why isn't it doing more to comply and/or enforce existing laws, too?

7 days ago

Miami Officials Warn Airbnb Hosts They May Be Guilty of Tax Fraud

Miami Officials Warn Airbnb Hosts They May Be Guilty of Tax Fraud

Associated Press

A visit or call to an accountant or tax lawyer may be a wise thing to do for Airbnb hosts who are homeowners in Miami Dade County, Florida until local politicians get their act together.

1 week ago

Chicago Set to Begin Enforcing Tougher Short-Term Rental Laws

Chicago Set to Begin Enforcing Tougher Short-Term Rental Laws

Associated Press

Airbnb hosts and other people renting homes on platforms like HomeAway and VRBO will have to pay a 4 percent tax in the future.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb CEO Says Its IPO Is ‘Halfway’ Ready

Airbnb CEO Says Its IPO Is ‘Halfway’ Ready

Deanna Ting, Skift

As CEO and head of community, Brian Chesky makes his way around the world and he’s offering some insights into what’s next for his $31-billion company.

2 weeks ago

Generator Hostels Sold to Another Private Equity Firm for $480 Million

Generator Hostels Sold to Another Private Equity Firm for $480 Million

Patrick Whyte, Skift

While the sale from one private equity firm to another isn’t necessarily the most exciting news, the promise of further funds for expansion by the new owner shows a commitment to the budget model. The hostel landscape is very different than it was 10 years ago and by focusing on design, Generator managed to evolve the product.

2 weeks ago

Airbnb’s Growth Is Being Driven by Commercial Operators, Report Says

Airbnb’s Growth Is Being Driven by Commercial Operators, Report Says

Deanna Ting, Skift

As with any report that covers Airbnb, whether it's from Airbnb itself or from its eternal nemesis, the AH&LA, we have to take this data with a generous helping of multiple grains of salt.

3 weeks ago

Airbnb Could Finally Be Legal in Japan, But With Some Restrictions

Airbnb Could Finally Be Legal in Japan, But With Some Restrictions

Takako Taniguchi and Pavel Alpeyev, Bloomberg

As with other municipalities that have legalized short-term rentals and homesharing, we'll have to wait and see how well these regulations hold up.

3 weeks ago