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  • Quicken Loans will now let Vrbo hosts use rental income to refinance their mortgage

    Income generated by short-term rentals will be used in underwriting
    A little over a year ago, Airbnb partnered with some of the nation’s largest mortgage players, including Fannie Mae and Quicken Loans, to allow hosts using the short-term rental platform to use income from their rentals to refinance their mortgage. Now, Quicken Loans is at it again; this time partnering with Vrbo to allow users of that platform to use rental income earned through that short-term rental platform to refinance their mortgage.
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  • Blueground raises $20 million to turn apartments into luxury medium-term rentals

    Leases units, furnishes them, rents them out for 30 days or more
    Property owners and managers have a new outlet if they’re looking to get their empty apartments rented out on a long-term basis: Blueground. Blueground, which launched in the U.S. last year, is now ready to expand, thanks to $20 million in new funding. Blueground works with “prominent” landlords in the U.S. to turn apartment units into luxury-appointed rental units that are rented out to “vetted” renters for 30 days or longer.
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  • New York City escalates fight against Airbnb, demands listing information

    Issues subpoena for approximately 20,000 apartment listings
    New York City is upping the ante in its fight against Airbnb, as the two sides battle it out in court and in the court of public opinion. On Monday, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that the city is issuing a subpoena to Airbnb, demanding that the short-term rental site turn over the listing data that’s at the center of a legal battle between the two sides.
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  • New York claims real estate brokers made $21 million through illegal Airbnb rentals

    Sues Metropolitan Property Group for allegedly violating short-term rental laws
    A group of New York City real estate brokers made $21 million through a series of illegal Airbnb short-term rentals in flagrant violation of the city’s short-term rental laws, the city claims in a new lawsuit. According to the city, Metropolitan Property Group, its owners, and others were repeatedly warned to stop violating the city’s short-term rental laws, but chose to continue to do so, earning more than $21 million in illegal revenue from Airbnb.
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  • Judge sides with Airbnb, HomeAway; blocks NYC law requiring sites to disclose user data

    Law will not take effect during court battle
    A federal judge on Thursday sided with Airbnb and HomeAway and blocked a New York City law that requires the short-term rental platforms to disclose a significant amount of user data. The preliminary ruling comes in a lawsuit filed against New York City by Airbnb over a new law that requires short-term rental sites to reveal hosts’ data.
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  • Massachusetts enacts new laws taxing and regulating short-term rentals

    Law takes aim at rise of Airbnb and the like
    A few months after initially approving new laws that regulate and tax short-term rentals in the state of Massachusetts, the state’s governor signed the laws into effect late last week. The laws take aim at the rise of Airbnb and similar short-term rental platforms in the state.
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  • WhyHotel raises $10 million to expand service that turns empty apartments into hotels

    Works with developers to use new units as hotel rooms during lease-up
    WhyHotel, a company that works with developers to turn newly built unleased luxury apartments into hotels, is set to expand thanks to a new capital raise. The company announced this week that it raised $10 million in its Series A funding round. The news comes just a few months after the company raised just shy of $4 million in its seed funding round.
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  • Airbnb settles with Aimco after being accused of allowing illegal short-term rentals

    Landlord claimed Airbnb was encouraging residents to violate their leases
    The legal battle between Airbnb and the Apartment Investment and Management Company over Aimco’s claims that Airbnb was encouraging residents to violate their leases by renting out their apartments on the short-term rental platform is now over. And everyone appears to be pleased.
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  • Airbnb is getting into the homebuilding business

    Will build homes designed for sharing
    There’s about to be a new homebuilder on the market, and it’s a name that you’re likely familiar with – Airbnb. Yes, the short-term rental platform, which to this point has specialized in helping people rent out their houses or apartments, is going to start building homes of its own, ones that are designed to be shared.
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