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San Francisco Suing Landlord Who Evicted Disabled Tenants to Become AirBnB Hosts

airbnbSan Francisco tenants are dealing with the city’s growing pains while landlords profit from a poor supply of housing in a rich supply of salaried tech workers. For much of that struggle, tenants have accused tech workers who are generally part of the demand, not the supply.

There have been a lot of press coverage that have told the tech side of the struggle and some tech workers have even been quick to come to the aid of those in need of housing. It’s a sad predicament but for voters, law makers, politicians, this is a more complex problem than just taxes and eviction laws since landlords have been skewing elections in order to reduce housing since that increases real estate value. Read more

Sex Workers Find AirBnB Convenient and Inexpensive

airbnbAirBnB rental units are being used by sex workers, who cite the service as inexpensive, convenient, and lacking in surveillance when compared to typical hotels. This may very well surprise no one, but it’s particularly hard to swallow for AirBnB hosts who are not aware of the brothel-like conditions.

The story in the New York Post came after Air Teman, an AirBnB host who complained about coming home to police shutting down a sex party for “Big Beautiful Women.” Teman said, “There were all sorts of people walking out of my apartment and people coming in from the back yard. It was a huge mess.” One party-goer even shared the event on Twitter as a “XXX FREAK FEST.” Read more

Airbnb Encourages More Generosity with Disaster Response Tool for Emergency Housing

In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, Airbnb hosts were able to provide over 1,400 free or discounted properties as emergency housing to survivors. Since then Airbnb has been working on building the infrastructure to make disaster relief a natural part of the Airbnb community.

With the new Disaster Reponse Tool, Airbnb has teamed up with IDEO and San Francisco Department of Emergency Management to organize local residents who want to offer shelter in place while letting existing hosts provide shelter free of charge. Airbnb will also waive its fee for these transactions and email hosts in an effort to connect guests and hosts. Read more

Why New York Needs Airbnb

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I spent the summer of 2008 living in a youth hostel in the middle of Times Square, where an old classmate I had reconnected with on MySpace had filled his two-bedroom apartment with bunk beds. I shared a basement with a rotating cast of 14 tourists and two kittens while he slept in a loft space above the living room and his roommate took the other bedroom. The idea was ahead of its time — Airbnb, a site for listing short-term rentals of rooms or entire homes, emerged just a couple months later.

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