The New Airbnb Neighborhood Guides

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    Nov 17, 2012 4:09 AM GMT
    Pretty impressive: https://www.airbnb.com/

    example: NYC -
    https://www.airbnb.com/locations/new-york
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    Nov 20, 2012 1:03 AM GMT
    What I find amazing is that this morning's NYT lists the website as being valued at $2.5 billion. Considering that the whole enterprise is approximately as legal as growing marijuana...

    I see that one of my neighbors has listed their house on there for $375 a night. I wonder if they've had any takers? Especially since the legal B&B in town has closed for some reason. Are you actually supposed to cook for these people? That might be a problem...
  • okologische

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    Nov 20, 2012 1:16 AM GMT
    ahhhh! such a good site! i just stayed in Paris for a long weekend top floor apartment one block from the eiffel tower with a great view of it for only 14 euro per night split between 4 people! I'd def recommend it
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    Dec 06, 2012 9:04 PM GMT
    we are looking for a place in NYC for new years eve..since hotels are too expensive i came across that site. .i think the concept is brilliant but i have gotten literally zero responses, wonder if there is anyone here that have listed their place in NY?
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    Dec 09, 2012 2:47 AM GMT
    Interesting article in biz section of NY times I think within last week about how folks (and anywhere for that matter) coul dbe in for big fines for illegal rentals - thats right a zoning and ermitting violation. The article pointed out neighbors and landlords would call city's zoning dept and they would investigate. One person they interviewed was up for 40K in fines!! Lucky for him, the paperwork was fille dout incorrectly and he was able to walk but immediately took down his place off the site. Also another issue for those thinking about listing - it prob is breaking bylaws of the condo and for those in rent controlled units - look out. One landlord interviewed said they were just looking for such volations to be able to legally evict folks for violating bylaws and gain control of the apartment and rent it out at market! So SELLER beware!
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    Dec 09, 2012 3:21 PM GMT
    yes i stumbled into that same article while searching similar sites, i even foud "make airbnb legal" petition sites icon_eek.gif
  • gwuinsf

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    Dec 12, 2012 8:50 PM GMT
    airbnb is basically illegal in San Francisco, as I would suspect most major cities, although it's largely unenforced. Short-term lodging is subject to all the tourism taxes that cities levy to travellers that hotels normally collect so airbnb renters aren't paying them.

    There are a number of articles about people getting into trouble with airbnb. Many renters don't check with their landlords or their lease to see if it's something they can legitimately do. There have been numerous stories about people getting evicted for airbnb.
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    Dec 12, 2012 10:37 PM GMT
    Pretty remarkable how quickly it's growing but for this reason, why there's resistance to it given the revenues generated by land lords and cities from hotel taxes

    http://techcrunch.com/2012/12/12/cloudera-ceo-mike-olson-by-december-31st-airbnb-will-be-filling-more-room-nights-than-hilton-hotels/

    By way of reference, Airbnb now books more beds than any other large hotel chain in NYC -

    http://betabeat.com/2011/05/airbnb-takes-manhattan-with-2k-bookings-a-night-but-many-listings-may-be-illegal/
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    Dec 12, 2012 11:25 PM GMT
    This concept has been around for a long time. Not worth it if you're a rent stabilized tenant with a below market rent and a landlord itching to oust you, or if you're in a co-op and can run afoul of the board.

    Not so great for travelers either, even under the best of circumstances. Twenty five years ago, the only time my mother (who even then needed constant access to a bathroom) and my sister (then pregnant) visited me in New York City (for another family member's wedding) I thought I'd save them on a hotel room and found one of these services with a one bedroom listing not in some gummy tenement in then decidedly-untrendy Hell's Kitchen but in a doorman building in a fantastic safe neighborhood on Central Park South where the bedroom was rented out and the tenant would stay in the living room. I thought "How bad could it be?" For years I'd hear complaints about how noisy the apartment was (the bedroom overlooked Columbus Circle, not Central Park) and how the tenant, a hippy-dippy actress, had scheduled some kind of group meeting at her apartment that night so my mother could never use the bathroom.
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    Dec 14, 2012 9:27 PM GMT
    But I did recently have a very good expeience with vrbo - vacation rental by owner in Miami Beach
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    Dec 17, 2012 3:17 PM GMT
    would be interesting to hear experiences of people that have actually used the service...