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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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  • 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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  • Airbnb takes Boston to court over city’s “draconian” short-term rental rules

    Argues city’s laws violate Constitution, federal and state laws
    The city of Boston has new rules surrounding short-term rentals that are set to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2019. According to Airbnb, Boston’s short-term rental rules violate the Constitution, multiple federal laws, and Massachusetts state law. Airbnb also claims the city's rules threaten short-term rental sites with “draconian” punishments should they violate the city’s rules.
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  • Vacasa wants to help landlords turn empty apartments into short-term rentals

    Vacation rental management platform expands into multifamily
    Vacasa, which bills itself as the “largest vacation rental company” in North America and recently raised $64 million, now has its sights set on the multifamily industry. Vacasa announced Wednesday that it is expanding into the multifamily business by launching Vacasa Multifamily, a new initiative wherein the company will seek to partner with landlords in urban city centers to turn empty apartments into short-term rentals.
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  • San Francisco goes after “scofflaw” landlords who ran “illicit hotel chain” on Airbnb

    City fines property owners $2.25 million, prohibits them from renting until 2025
    The city of San Francisco, which has some of the strongest laws protecting against the spread of short-term rentals in multifamily buildings, is levying serious sanctions against a pair of landlords who knowingly and willingly ignored the city’s laws by running an “illicit hotel chain” of short-term rentals on Airbnb.
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  • Expedia dives headfirst into short-term rentals, acquires Pillow and ApartmentJet

    Two tech companies allow for more short-term rentals in multifamily properties
    Expedia Group, the online travel giant that includes Hotels.com, trivago, Orbitz, Travelocity, Hotwire, and more, also has two of the biggest names in short-term rentals under its umbrella: HomeAway and VRBO. But those companies trail the short-term rental industry’s biggest player, Airbnb. Now, Expedia wants to do something about that by working with the multifamily industry to make it easier to use units as short-term rentals.
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