Airbnb News

Airbnb, Oregon Women Settle Racial Discrimination Claim

Airbnb has settled a lawsuit brought by several Oregon women who said the site allowed vacation rental owners to discriminate against customers based on race. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports African American plaintiffs Pat Harrington, Carlotta Franklin and Ebony Price alleged that …

Airbnb’s San Francisco Legal Showdown May Set Rules on Gig Economy

Airbnb Inc. has a message for cities that try to enforce rules that crimp its couch-surfing style: See you in court. The world’s fourth-most valuable startup is testing a legal strategy against its hometown that may be a template for …

Listings Climb on Lodging Sites While Questions on Insurance, Liability Remain

Marcus Ohanesian and Katie O’Connor’s apartment is in a “family-friendly neighborhood central to the middle of Worcester” and a short walk to excellent restaurants and bars. Their living rooms, with hardwood floors and walls painted in pastel yellow and orange …

Adjusting Homeowners’ Claims in the Sharing Economy

Would you rent your home to a total stranger? This may seem like a daunting prospect at first, but internet companies like Airbnb, HomeAway and VBRO have helped millions of people to do just that. Reassured by social media tools …

Tech-Friendly Cities Struggling With New Web-Based Business Rules

A renowned technology hub that is home to some of the country’s top universities, Boston is emerging as an unlikely battleground for web-based businesses like Airbnb and Uber, with some saying more regulations are needed to prevent the upstarts from …

New York City Judge Rules That Renting Apartments Using Airbnb Illegal

A judge has ruled that a New Yorker who rented his apartment on a popular traveler site broke the law. East Village condo owner Nigel Warren was ordered to pay a $2,400 penalty for subletting his apartment to a Russian …