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Airbnb Sues Its Hometown

Company says San Francisco rental registration ordinance is confusing, unconstitutional

(Newser) - Airbnb has filed a lawsuit alleging its First Amendment rights have been violated and that rules surrounding a new city ordinance flout federal protection for internet companies, and its target is its own hometown, the Los Angeles Times reports. The ordinance in question was passed unanimously earlier this month by... More »

You Can Now Cook in Julia Child's Kitchen

But it'll cost about $3K

(Newser) - If you inhale deeply enough, perhaps you'll still smell her beef bourguignon. The French cottage that Julia Child built with funds from the second volume of Mastering the Art of French Cooking is up for rent on Airbnb in what Bloomberg calls "one of the company's most... More »

Lawmaker's Residence Under Scrutiny for Airbnb Ad

Frank Lasee stays in 2 different places

(Newser) - If Frank Lasee ran for office using his wife's house as his primary residence, he'd have to run against incumbent Paul Ryan—which the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel says would be "political suicide." Instead, the GOP state senator looking to fill a soon-to-be-vacant congressional seat says he... More »

Sleep Next to 35 Sharks With Airbnb

Contest winners will spend night in Paris aquarium's shark tank

(Newser) - Why swim with sharks when you can sleep with them instead? Three lucky couples will get that chance: Those who submit the best essay on why they deserve to sleep next to sharks will win a free one-night stay for two in a transparent bedroom suspended at the center of... More »

Poised to Become Major Player in Cuba: Airbnb

White House grants it expanded license, allowing it to rent to world travelers

(Newser) - Online lodging service Airbnb is allowing travelers from around the world to book stays in private homes in Cuba after the San Francisco-based company received special authorization from the Obama administration, Airbnb announced Sunday. Airbnb was the first major American company to enter Cuba after Presidents Barack Obama and Raul... More »

Airbnb Renters Find Rotting Corpse

Cops say woman may have been dead for several weeks

(Newser) - A 19th-century Airbnb rental in the Paris suburb of Palaiseau came with three stories, seven bedrooms, a swimming pool, a "lovely forest with a jogging trail"—and a badly-decomposed corpse. Friends who rented the property to host a birthday soiree on Saturday had to cancel their plans when... More »

Beyonce Spent Super Bowl Weekend in Airbnb Rental

Well, a $10K-per-night Airbnb rental

(Newser) - Looks like Airbnb might be headed for the Beyonce Bump . On Monday, she posted a photo of herself relaxing on a couch to Facebook with the note, "It was a Super weekend," in which she tagged Airbnb. As TMZ reports, Bey used the rental service to get a... More »

College Shuts Down Student Who Rented Out Dorm

Sophomore says he had 3 guests before he had to remove the Airbnb listing

(Newser) - A student at Emerson College in Boston says he's facing disciplinary action after renting out his dorm room on Airbnb, the AP reports. Jack Worth tells the Boston Globe he rented the room in early January to three guests on three separate nights. The 19-year-old sophomore says the listing... More »

Snowpocalypse Spawns $200-per-Night Igloo

Airbnb quickly shut down the listing on Sunday

(Newser) - Those stranded in Brooklyn over the weekend had the option to build an igloo—or stay in a pre-built model for just $200 per night. Patrick Horton and some friends built an igloo in his backyard, then decided to list the chilly abode as a "Boutique Winter Igloo for... More »

Teen Dupes Airbnb Hosts to Throw Birthday Rager

Oakland couple says they are Airbinb hosts no more

(Newser) - "He seemed very mature and was very polite," Airbnb host Reshma Vasanwala says of the man from Chicago who rented her Oakland home on New Year's Eve. Or, the "man" from "Chicago." It turns out that the renter was a teenage Berkeley resident, who,... More »

Relive Your Dorm Days Via Airbnb

Unless the schools catch on first

(Newser) - From a night in the Paris catacombs to a 1920s mansion in California, Airbnb provides the opportunity to bunk in some unique locations. Case in point: Eduardo's dorm room in New York City. For $80 a night, the not-fully-identified student from the not-fully-identified school provides a twin bed in... More »

NYC Tenants Allegedly Turned 3-Bedroom Into 10-Bedroom

And rented rooms out on Airbnb, landlord says

(Newser) - A New York landlord says he rented out a three-bedroom apartment to two men—and they turned it into a 10-bedroom apartment and started renting out the rooms on Airbnb. The kicker: So far, he hasn't been able to evict the two official tenants, Burak Firik and Dogan Kimilli,... More »

Study: Airbnb Hosts Biased Against Black Guests

Hosts are 16% less likely to accept black guests

(Newser) - Airbnb's commitment to building a connection between hosts and guests in the interest of safety is actually helping them discriminate against each other, the Washington Pos t reports. Harvard researchers sent out 6,400 requests to Airbnb hosts in Los Angeles, St. Louis, DC, Baltimore, and Dallas using fake... More »

Lawsuit: Airbnb User Unwittingly Hosted Porn Shoot

Woman says California mansion was littered with evidence of it when she returned

(Newser) - Built on the tail end of the Roaring Twenties, the Acacia Mansion in Ojai, Calif., likely has been the scene of many a Gatsby-esque party. But, after allegedly serving as the set for a five-day fetish porno shoot last August, it’s safe to say that the bar for wild... More »

San Francisco Vote Looms Large Over Airbnb's Future

Prop F would limit short-term rentals to 75 days per year

(Newser) - San Francisco residents are heading to the polls Tuesday to vote on a number of propositions, but the one getting the most attention is Proposition F—essentially a referendum on hometown tech company Airbnb. If passed, Proposition F would limit short-term rentals through Airbnb and other rental sites like HomeAway,... More »

Night at the Catacombs: Guy Spends Creepiest Halloween

Sleeping with 6M dead people? You might want to bring mom

(Newser) - This Halloween, two brave souls got the dubious honor of waking up among 6 million dead bodies in Paris' creepy Catacombs. Brazilian Pedro Arruda, 27, said he wasn't sure if he was lucky or unlucky when he found out he had won a contest sponsored by Airbnb to spend... More »

Airbnb Halloween Offer: Sleep in 'World's Biggest Grave'

Contest winner gets a night in Paris catacombs

(Newser) - If your idea of a perfect Halloween involves spending the night with 6 million dead people, Airbnb has just the thing. It's offering up a free night in the Catacombs of Paris on Oct. 31 to the person who submits the best essay here . The winner will get a... More »

Brooklyn Deli Puts Its Window Display on Airbnb

The owner is facing a proposed rent hike from $4K to $10K

(Newser) - Fed up with the disappearance of many mom-and-pop shops on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn, two regular customers of Jesse's Deli, a bodega run by Jesse Itayim, are trying to help this one stay. After learning that the shop might have to move now that the landlord is trying to... More »

You Can Sleep in Man's Tesla for $85 a Night

He lists it as a room on Airbnb

(Newser) - Want to drive a Tesla Model S but can't afford to buy one? Well, you're out of luck. But if you'd like to at least sleep in one of the $118,000 electric cars, you can do so for just $85 per night. That's because, as... More »

New York Says 64% of Airbnb Rentals Are Illegal

Attorney general intends to take action against room rental service

(Newser) - The majority of Airbnb offerings in New York City are illegal, the state's attorney general argues in an affidavit filed today, ahead of a court hearing with the start-up tomorrow. In January, the AG's office examined the site's more than 19,500 Big Apple offerings, and found... More »

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