Sharing Economy

She found a can of Febreze in her Airbnb rental. Now she wants a refund

Susan Felderman says that she recently booked a “fragrance-free” Airbnb rental. But did she?<p>This story underscores the importance of verifying all …

Consumer Protection

Airbnb, Like Uber, Needs to Grow Up

The hospitality platform's systematic failure to follow rules attracts hosts that damage its reputation.<p>With Uber's problems grabbing all the headlines, it's easy to overlook the fact that the other great "sharing economy" company, Airbnb, is also having issues caused by an overaggressive expansion …

This home-sharing startup is taking on Airbnb, using cryptocurrency instead of dollars

Airbnb may be the biggest home-sharing game in town, but a new startup is trying to push its way into the market.<p>Enter CryptoBnB: the online …

San Francisco Bay Area

Airbnb Just Made It a Lot Easier to Split the Bill

Airbnb is a great resource for travelers — especially for people traveling with friends. Instead of getting multiple expensive hotel rooms, you can …

Hospitality

Why Does China Love The 'Sharing Economy'? Not Because Of Communism...

Something strange has been happening in China. People have been going nuts about bicycles. Specifically, investors have gone crazy over startups that …

China

City Council Passes Limits on AirBnB Units and Other Short-Term Rentals

The regulations go into effect in 2019. by Steven HsiehRegulations to come. AirBnBThe city council on Monday passed regulations that will cap the …

Housing

Airbnb ends controversial payment system in France

Airbnb agreed Monday to withdraw a payment system in France, suspected of facilitating tax avoidance, after the government complained it could …

Banking

Business Owners, Landlords Say Airbnb Improves Neighborhoods

Supporters of short-term vacation rentals said the industry will bring tourists and more spending to areas outside San Diego's beaches, Gaslamp and …

Housing

Experts Address Resource Efficiency and Wellbeing at Swansea Event

An energy and environmental engineering specialist joined various industry experts at an event held in Swansea on 6th December to address the …

News (Wales)

Paris is beyond fed up with Airbnb

The City of Love has lost any love for Airbnb.<p>Paris is threatening to take home-sharing company Airbnb to court if it doesn’t take down hundreds of listings for apartments whose owners have failed to register with local authorities, AFP reports:<p>Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s deputy in charge of housing, Ian …

Technology (India)

Paris threatens Airbnb, peers with court over unregistered listings

PARIS (Reuters) - Paris city council put several flat-sharing and rental sites including Airbnb on formal notice on Monday, demanding the platforms …

Bruno Le Maire

How Companies Can Overcome The Gig Economy's Compliance Hurdles

Contingent workers, freelancers, moonlighters, temps, third-party consultants, human cloud workers — whatever you call its participants, the “gig economy” is thriving. Some 83 percent of executives in a recent survey said they plan to increase their use of contingent, intermittent or consultant …

Gig Economy

Paris cracks down on unregistered Airbnb properties

Airbnb has a long history of legal struggles in various cities in which it operates. Now, according to a report in <i>AFP</i>, Paris has requested that Airbnb comply with new regulations to register with the city. If the company (along with four other competitors -- HomeAway, Paris Attitude, Sejourning and …

What Is "Blockchain" Anyway?

“Blockchain” has become a buzzword in the technology and financial industries. It is often cited as a panacea for all manner business and governance …

Bitcoin

VOSD Podcast: The Great Vacation Rental Debate

From left: Sue Hopkins, John Anderson, Tom Coat and Belinda Smith joined a roundtable discussion about vacation rentals and how to regulate them. / …

San Diego

Why Your Blender Is a Cash Cow: Understanding The Sharing Economy

How have peer-to-peer service companies like Uber and Airbnb become multimillion dollar companies? The often-stated answer is by redefining the sharing economy. The more ground-level answer is by capitalizing on excess capacity.<p>The premise of the sharing economy, also called the peer-to-peer …

Peer-to-peer

Singapore to seek public views on short-term home rentals like Airbnb

By Aradhana Aravindan<p>SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Singapore government, which has charged two men with unauthorised short-term letting of apartments, …

Housing

The Sharing Economy Plays a Big Role in Conserving Resources

The sharing economy is about far more than sharing assets. It’s actually a whole new way of thinking and living. For many creative, open-minded young …

Toronto votes to regulate and restrict short-term rentals

Dec 7 (Reuters) - The Toronto city council on Thursday approved regulations governing short-term rentals, requiring operators to register with the …

Housing

Airbnb warns federal government about overregulation

Toronto city council passed regulations this week to limit short-term rentals<p>As municipalities across the country try to figure out their regulatory …

Canada

Returning to the real sharing economy

Illustration: Liu Rui/GT<p>The "sharing economy" is a real buzzword in China these days. The word pops up so often in presentations and speeches of …

News (China)

Airbnb guests are finding hidden cameras planted in their rentals

ES News Email<p>AirBnB is addressing privacy concerns after several customers found secret cameras in their accommodation.<p>The company received …

New A&E show details income potential behind short-term vacation rentals

Stacie Fredrich recently bought her first home in Breckenridge, a mansion where her extended family could gather.The home stretched the single, …

A+E Networks

City council votes to regulate short term rentals like Airbnb

Toronto city council has passed a long list of regulations and controls on short-term rentals, like Airbnb.The new regulations prohibit residents …

Cost of Living

City council passes new Airbnb regulations

New regulations that would prohibit Torontonians from listing any properties other than their principal residence on short-term accommodations sites …

Airbnb guest arrested for placing hidden cameras in bathroom

Another Airbnb user was caught using hidden cameras to spy on people, serving as another reminder of the risks associated with peer-to-peer …

Gear & Gadgets

Airbnb denies responsibility for hosts’ lawbreaking while hiding data to shield lawbreakers – law prof

<b>By ThinkPol Staff</b><p>Airbnb and other short term rental platforms refuse to accept responsibility for unlawful actions by their hosts while at the same …

Privacy

New Airbnb rules will ban Toronto owners from offering up basement apartments

Toronto council has crafted short-term home rental rules that will ban homeowners from offering self-contained “secondary suites” on Airbnb.<p>Some …

Housing

Why The Shared Economy Demands Digital Identities

If the digital economy takes our analog products and services and transforms them for the digital channel, the shared economy takes our analog experiences and removes the burden and expense of ownership. Many have taken the shared economy’s taxi cab alternative and maybe even stayed in a hotel …

EU, UNEA join the fight for ‘pollution-free planet’ in Kenya

© European Union , 2017/ Photo: Ina Fassbender<p>Click for full view<p>European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries Karmenu …

Sustainability