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UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 5, 2019

Airbnb introduces new rules to rein in parties, nuisances

Airbnb is taking more steps to crack down on parties and nuisance guests in the wake of a Halloween shooting at an Airbnb rental in a San Francisco suburb.

UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 6, 2019

Airbnb to verify all 7 million properties to improve trust

Airbnb to verify all 7 million properties and start a 24-hour hotline to improve trust.

Airbnb bans ‘party houses’ after California shooting kills 5

Airbnb’s CEO says the company is taking actions against unauthorized parties in the wake of a deadly shooting at a Halloween party held at an Airbnb rental home in California

UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 19, 2019

Airbnb says it will go public in 2020

Home-sharing company Airbnb Inc. said Thursday it plans to go public in 2020.

Airbnb, NAACP partner to get more people of color to become Airbnb hosts

Airbnb launched a program with the NAACP’s Seattle Chapter this week to recruit more people of color to become hosts on the homesharing company’s site.

UPDATED: Mon., April 29, 2019

Marriott to expand further into home-sharing

Marriott is pushing more heavily into home-sharing, confident that its combination of luxury properties and loyalty points can lure travelers away from rivals like Airbnb.

UPDATED: Tue., April 9, 2019

Airbnb reverses, will allow listings in Israeli settlements

The home-sharing company announced in November that it would remove approximately 200 listings in Israeli settlements, which are in a territory disputed by Palestinians. Airbnb said it will now allow …

Airbnb acquires last-minute booking service HotelTonight

Airbnb is acquiring last-minute booking service HotelTonight in order to boost its offerings.

Pullman Airbnb operator claims city short-term rental codes – or lack thereof – forced her to cancel $35K in reservations

When Pullman resident Tami Grady purchased a home last year, she thought it would be a good option to transform it into a short-term rental that provides lodging for travelers …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 15, 2018

Political contests erupt as cities and hotel industry struggle to curb Airbnb

The explosive growth of short-term rentals – such as Airbnb – around the country has pushed local governments to rein in the practice, with help from the hotel industry, which …

Setting up an Airbnb? Here are the basics, the extras and the no-nos

Just like hotels, not all Airbnbs are created equal. There are the gorgeous, Instagram-friendly abodes meant to make visitors feel like they’re in the lap of luxury, and the more …

UPDATED: Wed., July 11, 2018

Study finds Airbnb benefits local economies, but only in white neighborhoods

A Purdue University study found that white neighborhoods – not their black or Latino counterparts – are the ones most likely to benefit from an influx of Airbnb guests.

Airbnb unveils new category of rentals rated by inspectors

Airbnb is dispatching inspectors to rate some of the properties listed on its home-rental service in an effort to reassure travelers they’re booking nice places to stay.

Montana Airbnb hosts earn nearly $20 million in 2017

Airbnb says Montanans who rented rooms and homes to visitors earned nearly $20 million last year.

Want to live like a Trump? President’s old home is on Airbnb

Want to live like a Trump? Now’s your chance: The president’s New York City boyhood home is on Airbnb.

Airbnb leasing enough office space in downtown Seattle for 300 workers

Airbnb is expanding in Seattle in a big way – moving out of temporary office space to a downtown building with enough space for 300 employees.

UPDATED: Wed., May 24, 2017

Inside Spokane’s best Airbnbs

For less than $200 a night visitors to Spokane County can stay in a home with a helipad on the roof, a converted historic electrical substation, or accommodations with Disney …

Spokane region’s short-term rental regulations uneven

Like many cities nationwide, Spokane had a fitful start permitting short-term rentals. In early 2014, the city began issuing cease-and-desist letters to property owners advertising overnight stays online, saying local …

Airbnb looks to Latin America, now its fastest-growing market

As Airbnb Inc. turns its attention to Latin America, the often-combative company is taking an unusual approach. It’s giving local governments what they want.

New Idaho law on vacation rentals seeks middle ground

Idaho has a new law to govern how short-term vacation rentals, like those marketed on Airbnb and other services, are regulated and taxed, and it may bring peace in a …

Gonzaga fans help drive soaring Airbnb rentals in Phoenix

Airbnb’s booking data from Phoenix indicates that the Final Four weekend will be one of the company’s biggest in the city this year. Typical Airbnb prices are $94 per night …

Win a night at the Guinness bar in Dublin

Contestants must be 21. It also helps if you’re a good writer. The contest includes penning 50 to 200 words on “What makes you’re the world’s biggest Guinness fan?”

Housing shortage on Oregon coast has officials concerned

Astoria officials are considering placing limits on temporary lodging like Airbnb rentals to free up units for permanent residents of the coastal Oregon city.

Why Twitter, Spotify and other major services were down Friday

Someone attacked a key part of the Internet’s infrastructure Friday morning, causing some major services such as Twitter, Spotify and Airbnb to be inaccessible for some users.

Airbnb says racism in home-sharing is a ‘really, really hard problem’

Responding to a flurry of recent reports that Airbnb landlords discriminate against minority travelers, the home-sharing platform kicked off its annual conference Wednesday with a promise to change.

Boise entrepreneur’s Hobbit Hole near Chelan a hit on Airbnb

Hobbits enjoy food, simple comforts, and their peaceful home settings. And now Lord of the Rings fans can too, with a vacation getaway in a cozy burrow under a hill …

Idaho lawmakers want to forbid homeowner groups from blocking AirBnB rentals

Homeowner’s associations in Idaho couldn’t restrict owners from renting their property on a short-term basis for “AirBnB” or other types of short-term rentals unless they already had the restriction when …

Eye on Boise: Crapo holding town-hall meetings across Idaho

BOISE – U.S. Sen. Mike Crapo is in the midst of an unprecedented series of town-hall meetings across Idaho, hitting towns large and small, talking about the national debt and …

Spokane adopts new rules for short-term rentals

Keith and Kendra Kelly describe their short-term rental listed on Airbnb as an “urban oasis.” Indeed it is. Their Spanish mission-style home at Indiana Avenue and Walnut Street often is …

Spokane City Council takes step to preserve short-term rental businesses

Short-term rentals in the emerging “shared economy” took a step closer to lawful reality in Spokane on Monday night, as the City Council passed an emergency resolution asking the state …