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Airbnb Is Running Riot in Small-Town America

The company sent cities scrambling to clamp down on short-term rentals. Now resort towns are feeling the pinch. Notice the damage done in Arizona by their state pre-emption bill which prevents cities from regulating STRs. (2022)

An Open Letter to Airbnb Users. Your family vacations are destroying other families

Written by Jared A. Brock is an award-winning biographer, PBS documentarian, and the cell-free founder of the popular futurist blog Surviving Tomorrow, where he provides thoughtful people with contrarian perspectives on the corporatist anti-culture. His writing has appeared in Esquire, The Guardian, Smithsonian, USA Today, and TIME Magazine. (2022)

The Long-Term Horizon For Short Term Rentals

Well written and researched article that delves into many of the challenges Airbnb has on its plate as it turn 13 years old such as illegal listings, crime & safety related concerns, its impact on housing markets, backlash from neighbors, the increase in local STR regulations & its struggle to achieve profitability. (2021)

Airbnb raises violent crime rates in cities as long-term residents are pushed out, says study

Researchers in the United States say there is a link between Airbnb rentals and violent crime in cities. Researchers found there was a positive correlation between higher penetration of Airbnb properties in an area – for example buildings containing multiple Airbnb lets – and a rise in violence. (2021)

Father Says Airbnb Aid After Daughter’s Death Was Damage Control

Company provided money and support when a New York high school teacher was found unconscious in a rented villa in Mexico. Her father now says the family was caught up in an effort to avoid a ‘public relations nightmare.’ (2021)

Airbnb Is Spending Millions of Dollars to Make Nightmares Go Away

When things go horribly wrong during a stay, the company’s secretive safety team jumps in to soothe guests and hosts, help families—and prevent PR disasters.

AurBnB secret fund to make problems go awat

‘Airbnb has secretive ‘black box’ team paying out $50 million a year to keep disaster stays out of press and gives staff blank checks to help rape victims and clean-up dismembered human remains’

The Airbnb effect: why second homes have become so divisive

In early June 2023, the mayor of the Italian city of Florence announced an immediate ban on new short-term rentals in its UNESCO-protected historic center. The measure follows efforts by local authorities worldwide to regulate the expansion of Airbnbs, second homes and short-term rentals due to overtourism and a worsening housing crisis. CNBC examines the impact of the commercialization of housing and whether restrictions on short-term rentals can work.

Portland promised to crack down on unlicensed Airbnbs. This happened instead.

Guests lavish praise on Jojo’s Blue House, a five-bedroom craftsman blocks from the Alberta Arts District. It boasts accommodations for 10 guests, organic cotton bedding, views of Mount Hood, a gallery of works by local artists and a “kitchen stocked for all your culinary adventures.

Airbnb Really Is Different Now

The morning after a wedding in Vermont this summer, my friends were recovering in a hot tub while I battled a garbage disposal. And scrubbed the kitchen counter. And stripped the bed. And took out the recycling. Everyone was blissed-out at a hotel before braving the six-hour drive back to New York—except my boyfriend and me, who made the mistake of staying at an Airbnb. Despite the $95 cleaning fee, we were stuck completing a baffling list of pre-checkout chores.

I don't stay in Airbnbs anymore. It's morally sketchy — and hotels are cheaper and better in every way.

I was an early user of Airbnb. When it first came out in 2008, it seemed perfect for traveling with big groups, and I was in that stage of life where there was always a wedding or a bachelorette party to go to.

Research Papers

Regulating Short-Term Rentals: A Guidebook for Equitable Policy

If you live in a fairly populous city, or you like to travel off the beaten path, you’ve probably heard of Airbnb-style short-term rentals (STRs). Residential housing that is rented for short periods of time, STRs were once a niche way to travel, but are now available for rent all over the world.

A Practicle Guide To Effectively Regulating Short-term Rentals on the Local Government Level

Sharing our homes has been commonplace for as long as there have been spare rooms and comfortable couches. Whether through word of mouth, ads in newspapers or flyers on community bulletin boards, renters and homeowners alike have always managed to rent out or share rooms in their living spaces.

Short-term rentals in small cities in Oregon: Impacts and regulations

Governments across the country struggle to manage the impacts of short-term rentals (STRs), like Airbnbs, and
the sharing economy more generally. Existing research is sparse and tends to focus on large cities or metropolitan areas. Focusing on 237 small cities in Oregon, this study relies on descriptive data from Airbnb, AirDNA, Oregon Department of Revenue, and the U.S. Census to examine the prevalence and characteristics of Airbnbs, revenue potential from lodging taxes, and the impact on long-term housing supply.

The housing impacts of short-term rentals in British Columbia’s regions

This report analyzes short-term rentals (STRs) in the province of British Columbia, with a focus on commercial STRs and their impact on the province’s housing market. It provides an overview of STRs in the province, including their geographic location and levels of commercial activity. It analyzes the impacts of STRs on housing availability and affordability. Finally, it lays out a set of STR regulatory principles for BC, based on Canadian best practices.

Assessing and Responding to Short- Term Rentals in Oregon

Local, regional, and state governments across the country struggle to manage the impacts of short-
term rentals (STRs), and the sharing economy more generally. Often referred to as vacation rentals,
STRs are not new to the housing market yet, in the last decade, technology has greatly influenced
their prevalence. Private, web-based businesses such as Airbnb, VRBO, HomeToGo, LUXbnb,
CouchSurfing, HomeAway, FlipKey, and VaCasa, have given people access to a user-friendly, global
marketplace for home sharing

Short-Term Rentals Make Housing Less Affordable

The rapid expansion of short-term rental platforms (or STRs) has raised concerns among legislators seeking to regulate companies like Airbnb, a leading online hosting platform at the forefront of conversations surrounding the short-term rental market. Two Purdue University economists, Ralph Siebert and Zaiyan Wei, have independently examined the effects of regulating Airbnb to learn if short-term rentals pose a threat to housing affordability and/or competition.