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    Quote Originally Posted by windeguy View Post
    A problem is likely to be that all Airbnb owners will be "treated the same" if regulations are put in place.


    As others pointed out, there are alternatives to Airbnb. Some owners will switch to them if they don't already use multiple marketing methods to attract customers.
    If you're talking about alternatives being vrbo/homeaway/booking/etc, smart hosts don't limit their listings to just one online rental site. I use multiple booking sites for my rentals, it works great. All you have to do is synchronize the calendars between the sites so you're never double booking a rental.

    When somebody rents a condo for a couple weeks on one site, those same couple weeks immediately show blocked out on the other sites and can't be reserved. Easy peasy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ctrob View Post
    If you're talking about alternatives being vrbo/homeaway/booking/etc, smart hosts don't limit their listings to just one online rental site. I use multiple booking sites for my rentals, it works great. All you have to do is synchronize the calendars between the sites so you're never double booking a rental.

    When somebody rents a condo for a couple weeks on one site, those same couple weeks immediately show blocked out on the other sites and can't be reserved. Easy peasy.
    The booking software on site A automatically updates the calendars on booking sites B and C? And the works no matter which site is the booking site automatically updating the others?

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    Quote Originally Posted by windeguy View Post
    The booking software on site A automatically updates the calendars on booking sites B and C? And the works no matter which site is the booking site automatically updating the others?
    Correct. You just have to synchronize from both directions. But it just takes a couple minutes and once done there's no maintenance. Although I always keep an eye on it just to be safe.

    HomeAway owns VRBO, so they update each other automatically. I synch vrbo with airbnb both ways, then all three are always in synch.

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    Default New non-party Airbnb policy and upcoming IPO

    https://apnews.com/2b0302055e65ae6964b0390d7f2f7d6f

    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.

    The company said Thursday it’s banning “open invite” parties at all of its accommodations. Those are parties open to anyone and advertised on social media, for example.

    Airbnb says boutique hotels and professional event venues will be exempt from the new rule.

    The San Francisco-based company is also banning large parties at apartment buildings and condos.

    “This policy does not impact parties that are authorized by hosts and convened respectfully by guests,” the company said in a news release. “Instead, our goal with this new policy is to address the small number of guests who act irresponsibly and those rare hosts whose homes become persistent neighborhood nuisances.”

    Airbnb says it’s in the process of identifying listings globally that may be violating the party house ban, including accommodations in Los Angeles, Miami Beach, London and Montreal. The company says it’s asking hosts to update their listings to comply with the ’’open invite” ban.

    Airbnb is also issuing new guest behavior rules. In early 2020, guests will get a warning for one instance of excessive noise, unauthorized guests, unauthorized parking, unauthorized smoking or excessive messiness reported by a host or a neighbor. Further violations will result in account suspension or removal.

    Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky announced last month that changes would be coming after five people were killed at a Halloween party shooting in Orinda.

    The company is under pressure to gain the trust of travelers, neighbors and lawmakers as it prepares for its planned initial public offering next year.

    Airbnb also said Thursday it’s establishing a dedicated hotline for mayors and city officials who have questions about its policies.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ohmmmm View Post
    Private residences that are rented should be registered. Should there be a complaint about deposits, reservations not honored and etc., tourists should have a formal method to register a complaint and the owner/landlord should be known. Obviously such a program will need to be supported by taxes. Family tourism requires a safe environment.
    All of that takes place within the app. The owner checks out your profile and decides if they want you. Insurance is part of the fee. Any problems and the app takes care of it. Promptly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrecksum View Post
    Why?
    Less regulation is always better for business and consumer.
    Sort of. Seat belts and airbags would beg to differ.

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