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Jun 28, 2018 Columbus Dispatch - By Kathy Gerber - Columbus, OH
Letter to Editor: City must crack down on short-term rentals
bnbBlight Comments: Letter provides concise summary of the issues.

Jun 25, 2018 Columbus Dispatch - By Dispatch Editorial Staff - Columbus, OH
Editorial: City home-sharing regulation should boost visitor options
bnbBlight Comments: Article excludes mention of far more rigorous regulations imposed by other cities - high-tech cities which have much more experience with STR's and in working with Airbnb. Article also ignores zoning considerations. Does the Dispatch care if coffee houses, hair salons, bakeries, etc. move into residential neighborhoods since they don't mind motels? The Dispatch needs to poll its readers (who are largely Columbus residents) after it does more homework on this issue.

Mar 26, 2019 The Atlantic - By Sidney Fussell - United States
Airbnb Has a Hidden-Camera Problem
bnbBlight Comments: Here are more problems with Airbnb hosts and how Airbnb deals with these problems. Is saving a few bucks using an unknown host in a questionable neighborhood versus staying in a hotel really worth it?

Mar 22, 2019 | The Times-Picayune - By Kevin Litten - United States - New Orleans
New Orleans officials detail short-term rental enforcement failings; websites push back
bnbBlight Comments: Examples of how Airbnb is reneging on their agreements with New Orleans.

Mar 20, 2019 Wired Magazine - By Paris Martineau - United States
Inside Airbnb's 'Guerrilla War' Against Local Governments
bnbBlight Comments: Cities keep trying to deal with Airbnb in good faith arrangements and it just does not work out for the cities. This great article by Wired Magazine points out how Airbnb fights cities as the cities try to enforce their agreements with Airbnb.

Mar 9, 2019 New York Times - By Tariro Mzezewa - United States - Miami Beach
Airbnb and Miami Beach Are at War. Travlers Are Caught in the Crossfire.
bnbBlight Comments: Good article from the NYT about the problems that Miami Beach is encountering in dealing with Airbnb.

Feb 1, 2019 CITYLAB - By Sarah Holder - United States
The Airbnb Effect: It's Not Just Rising Home Prices
bnbBlight Comments: This is a research article that talks about how Airbnb affects rental prices and how the lack of Airbnb's have minimal effect (2-4%) on whether travelers go on a trip.

Jan 14, 2019 The Wall Street Journal - By Josh Barbanel - New York
New York Suit Says Airbnb Used in $20 Million Illegal Hotel Scheme
bnbBlight Comments: In NYC, Airbnb has a policy that limits each host to a single account. They are not doing a great job of enforcing this policy..

Oct 2, 2018 Washington Post - By Robert McCartney - Washington DC
D.C. Council votes to restrict Airbnb and similar rentals in nation's capital
bnbBlight Comments: Another major city severely regulates short-term rentals and completely bans non-owner occupied short-term rentals. Again - what in the world was the Columbus City Council thinking?

Sep 26, 2018 Washington Post - By John Leicester - Washington DC
In Paris, Airbnb blamed for all kinds of ills
bnbBlight Comments: Prior to the WDC City Council vote on banning non-owner occupied Airbnb's, the Washington Post runs this article. Meanwhile the Columbus Dispatch runs a favorable article to Airbnb. How did the Dispatch get it so very wrong?

Aug 5, 2018 Quartz - By Alison Griswold - United States
Airbnb guests accuse it of deleting negative reviews and boosting bad hosts
bnbBlight Comments: This is not even remotely a surprise. All reviews appear to be posted by the Stepford Wives Association. When reviews are not posted promptly, there should be reasons for concern.

Jul 26, 2018 Columbus Dispatch - By Nicole Kraft - Columbus, Ohio
Letter: Lawmakers don't get full Airbnb experience
bnbBlight Comments: Another great 'Letter to the Editor' from a Columbus resident. This is the point of view that the Columbus City Council and the Columbus Dispatch do not understand (or do not care about). The Columbus neighborhoods, residents, tax payers, and voters are not being considered in this legislation. For the City Council, it is all about Airbnb, their hosts, and out-of-town visitors.

Jul 21, 2018 New York Times - By Riane Konc - New York City, NY
Opinion: Airbnb Reviews of My Childhood Home
bnbBlight Comments: Another example of a poor host review by a guest.. On the bright-side, at least it was an owner-occupied Airbnb. [Humor]

Jul 20, 2018 - By Chris Dolmetsch | Olivia Zaleski - New York City
New York City Sues Airbnb to Force Compliance With Subpoena
bnbBlight Comments: Airbnb fights NYC's City Council and "largely refuses to cooperate" in providing NYC officials with information required by City Council. Despite rampant problems experienced by other cities, Columbus City Council apparently believes that Airbnb will be a good business partner..

Jul 18, 2018 - By Gerrit De Vynck | Olivia Zaleski - New York City
New York City Will Force Airbnb to Disclose Information on Hosts
bnbBlight Comments: NYC's City Council votes 45-0 to force Airbnb to share names and addresses of Airbnb hosts in NYC. This legislation is expected to reduce illegal rentals, which in turn should increase the number of long-term rentals available.

Jul 9, 2018 Columbus Dispatch - By Alissa Widman Neese - Columbus, OH
Columbus seniors embrace renting out homes through Airbnb
bnbBlight Comments: This was a great PR job by Airbnb, but reporters need to dig deeper. Owner-occupied Airbnbs are typically fine. The problem is with non-owner occupied, full-time Airbnbs. Other leading, high-tech cities are banning them. Why? Why isn't the Columbus Dispatch digging into this local issue?

Jul 6, 2018 Columbus Dispatch - By Jim Weiker - Columbus, OH
Columbus is nation's second-hottest housing market
bnbBlight Comments: Based on this article, it is time that the Dispatch revisit its editorial that promotes short-term rentals. Permitting full-time STRs would only make Columbus' housing shortage worse.

Jun 26, 2018 - By Sally Goldenberg - New York, NY
Airbnb under microscope as Council considers controversial regulatory action
bnbBlight Comments: This article provides more insight into Airbnb's business practices. Current NY state laws forbid use of non-permanent residences from being used as Airbnbs.

Jun 20, 2018 Columbus Dispatch - By Jim Weiker - Columbus, OH
Central Ohio home sales tumble in May due to rising prices, low inventory
bnbBlight Comments: Many Airbnb-like homes are starter homes and there is a shortage of these homes in Columbus. Did the author of the short-term rental editorial read this article? Home shortages are rampant in other STR cities, and lenient regulations will only make matters worse for Columbus residents. Again, Columbus officials need to learn from other cities who have more experience with STR's.

Jun 18, 2018 Santa Monica Daily Press - By Kate Cagle - Santa Monica, CA
Airbnb loses latest court battle over Santa Monica's strict rules
bnbBlight Comments: Great article. Best line was ''Hosts use an array of tactics to outwit investigators, including deleting illegal listings during City Hall business hours and manipulating addresses to appear to be in Los Angeles.''

Jun 17, 2018 The Sacramento Bee - By Tony Bizjak - Sacramento, CA
The 'hotel' next door: Airbnb rentals face backlash in some Sacramento neighborhoods
bnbBlight Comments: Great article. Make sure that you watch the interview. The woman interviewed does a great job of summarizing neighborhood concerns. Even with a 90 cap on non-owner occupied rentals, this city government is still struggling to keep up with enforcement.

Jun 16, 2018 Columbus Dispatch - By Alissa Widman Neese - Columbus, OH
Central Ohio cities consider regulating short-term home rentals
bnbBlight Comments: Article excludes zoning considerations of placing corporate motels in residential areas. Reporter should have interviewed government officials from other cities that have placed restrictions on Airbnb. No consideration was presented of long term effects on neighborhoods when mixed with motels. Did not offer or answer the question of ''Would you want a full-time Airbnb to be next to your home and family?''. Using the Westerville party house as ''the example'' was an easy ''softball'' for the hosts and Airbnb to counter.

Jun 16, 2018 theguardian - By Rupert Jones - San Francisco, CA
Airbnb wrecks travellers' holiday plans as battle with cities intensifies
bnbBlight Comments: This is the perfect example of why a responsible city should start with tough regulations first, as they gain a better understanding of the potential pitfalls.

Jun 15, 2018 Gambit - By Clancy Dubos - New Orleans, LA
New Orleans City Council and Airbnb prepare for war
bnbBlight Comments: This is a great example of Airbnb's business practices in New Orleans (and other cities). Why should Columbus expect anything different?

Jun 13, 2018 Boston Globe - By Tim Logan - Boston, MA
City Council passes tough rules that limit Airbnb rentals
bnbBlight Comments: Another great article. The overwhelming, 11-2 vote and tight regulations should make Boston a model for Columbus.

Jun 23, 2016 CNNTech - By Heather Kelly - Nationwide
Why everyone is cracking down on Airbnb
bnbBlight Comments: This article summarizes problems faced nationwide by communities negatively affected by Airbnb.