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USF Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Joshua Davis on Airbnb's Change of Heart

USF Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Joshua Davis on Airbnb's Change of Heart | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"In a surprising reversal expected to be felt nationwide, Airbnb has extended an olive branch to San Francisco lawmakers and agreed to help the city enforce its home-sharing rules, including limiting the days an Airbnb landlord can rent out a home."

 

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"Airbnb previously had taken a hard-line stance against helping cities with enforcement, and has sued a handful — including San Francisco and New York — when officials tried to force the company to monitor its site for listings that violate city laws. Now those cities probably are watching developments in San Francisco, said Joshua Davis, associate dean for academic affairs at the University of San Francisco School of Law.

“I certainly think that other places where there are similar battles going on, the cities are going to take note,” Davis said. “(Airbnb) knows it’s signaling not only to San Francisco, but possibly elsewhere, that it’s willing to come to some sort of negotiated resolution like this.”
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Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at USF's School of Law Joshua Davis on Airbnb's lawsuit wave 

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at USF's School of Law Joshua Davis on Airbnb's lawsuit wave  | USF in the News | Scoop.it

“SAN FRANCISCO — As cities around the country attempt to regulate the growing home-sharing industry, Airbnb is going on the offensive with a barrage of lawsuits intended to kill local rules it doesn’t like.”

 

“It’s bold,” said Joshua Davis, associate dean for academic affairs at the University of San Francisco School of Law. “But if it looks like it’s really successful, others may follow. Uber certainly has the resources to get aggressive in this way.”

 

[Via @mercnews]

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Professor of Law Tim Iglesias on Airbnb Housing Lawsuits

Professor of Law Tim Iglesias on Airbnb Housing Lawsuits | USF in the News | Scoop.it

"SANTA MONICA – A series of lawsuits have been filed by home rental host AirBNB in an attempt to support the rights of its home rental users. AirBNB has filed a number of lawsuits against home-sharing ordinances that have cropped up across the country, most notably in San Francisco and Santa Monica."

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"Areas that were zoned for residential use are seeing home rentals being used for commercial use, which Tim Iglesias, professor at the University of San Francisco, told the Northern California Record can pose potential problems. “The idea that AirBNB is bringing in transient residents to what are oftentimes permanent residences is disruptive,” Iglesias told the Northern California Record. “There have been cases of AirBNB hosts that the rooms weren’t really good for health and safety, and people were injured in these rentals. There are problems with people coming in and having parties and bothering the neighbors. It’s parking issues and extra cars that wouldn’t normally be there. Sometimes the disruption to other neighbors rises to the level of nuisance.”

 

[Via @NorCal_Record] 

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