Airbnb, Uber under attack in Barcelona

The Spanish city has become ground zero in a fight over how collaborative consumption should be regulated and taxed.   Barcelona would seem like the perfect market for web-based collaborative consumption firms like Airbnb and Uber. Spain’s second city is a hip tourist destination with a large population of young foreigners and a burgeoning tech sector. And […]

Airbnb Will Hand Over Host Data to New York

Airbnb, the apartment sharing service, and New York law enforcement officials came to an agreement Wednesday after a dispute over rental data that lasted for the better part of a year. Under the terms of the d eal, Eric T. Schneiderman, the New York State attorney general, will get the information he is seeking about […]

Judge Rules New York Airbnb Subpoena Too Broad, Attorney General Will Narrow Request

Judge Gerald W. Connolly ruled today that the New York Attorney General’s subpoena for Airbnb user information was too broad, and that Airbnb’s move to quash would be granted. “Based upon the foregoing, the subpoena at issue, as drafted, seeks materials that are irrelevant to the inquiry at hand and accordingly, must be quashed,” Judge Connolly […]

Following New York, Airbnb offers to collect taxes for San Francisco too

2014 is the year of settlements for Airbnb, and going from disruption to collaboration, as we predicted it would do at the start of this year. So following its offer last week to collect and pay $21 million in taxes in New York City (and a smaller initiative in Portland), it is now following that up with a similar offer in […]

Airbnb closes in on $400 million in next funding round

Online home rentals site Airbnb is raising at least $400 million in a fresh round of private fundraising. This will give a valuation of $10 billion and price the company at $2 billion more than InterContinental Hotels, the Financial Times reported. Worth just $2.5 billion after its last round two years ago, the sharp rise […]

Amsterdam Legitimizes Airbnb with New Short-Term Rental Rules

Amsterdam City Council created a new category of accommodation Thursday that makes it legal for city residents to occasionally rent their homes to tourists. The new category “private rental” gives residents the opportunity to list their homes on sites like Airbnb without fear of penalty. But some rules do apply. According to the city’s website, […]

Why hotel brands should care cbout Airbnb’s disruption

Recently, Airbnb has released some super cool stats that prove what I have always believed: they are changing the hospitality business. • They created $632 million in economic activity just in New York in one year, and they supported 4,580 jobs throughout the five boroughs. • They have 500,000 properties worldwide. • They have found accommodation […]

Internet Association says subpoena of Airbnb could set a ‘Dangerous Precedent’

Airbnb got some help in its fight against New York State regulators this week from its very close friends at the Internet Association. The Internet Association, a non-profit created by more than 15 Internet companies (including Airbnb), voiced its criticism of the New York State Attorney General’s subpoena that seeks detailed information on the site’s rentals and hosts over the past […]

Short-stay rentals in Amsterdam under threat

In a setback for home owners hoping to earn some extra money by renting their house or apartment online though services such as Airbnb, the Amsterdam Criminal Court has ruled that hiring a private home for a short period falls under “commercial exploitation.” This means that all homes in Amsterdam that have owners associations, the […]

Airbnb refuses to comply with state order to hand over users’ data

Airbnb has rejected an order by New York state to hand over data on 15,000 New York City residents who have used the site for short-term room and apartment rentals. “Airbnb has received a subpoena demanding personal information on all of our hosts in New York,” Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky said in an email to […]