I can’t understand why all the regulations are fixated only over Airbnb…
There are many other sources that people use to do short terms . There is VRBO and major rental platforms like booking.com and Expedia and others who existed long before Airbnb .
I went back to booking.com after 3 years because they changed many things around and now it’s much easier to deal with them.
There is also Craigslist that I have big success with …I have really good guests from there …and good part is I can interview them beforehand and check their background before accepting .
Often my guests find me first through Air and then just Google me by busines name and contact me directly.
Last year only 17% of my guests came through Air.
Not sure how Airbnb manages to get such bad publicity. I catch myself feeling timid when I tell people that I use Airbnb to rent out my properties … Noone attacks booking .com , no one asks booking.com.for records and puts any limitations . Booking basically copied Airbnb giving hosts same options as Air and now you can even leave review for guests privately .
Has anyone ever heard name of VRBO as it comes to negative publicity or Craig’s list ? They carry the same functions as Air but noone is on their case
I think the regulators are focusing on Airbnb because the design of Air’s platform has made it so easy - HomeAway and VRVO do only whole homes, typically managed by their owner and tend to have historically a more mature audience. Air’s combative stance and new users (renters/landlords turning apartments into STRs with disregard of local laws, renters breaking other laws/their lease conditions (drugs/raves/events/etc)) Good to know about your success w/other platforms. Here in NYC I feel like Air has a target on their back.
There are over 50,000 STRs available on Airbnb in NYC.
VRBO seems like they have just over 5,000.
I’m sure BOOKING has even less.
That’s why Airbnb is targeted.