Short-term tourist accommodation – 10 points for inclusion in the European Commission’s sharing economy guidelines

  • Posted on 21st April 2016
Short-term tourist accommodation – 10 points for inclusion in the European Commission’s sharing economy guidelines

The European Commission will soon publish a set of best practice guidelines for the regulation of the sharing economy. The purpose is to support the growth of this emerging sector and also to address any regulatory imbalances that have emerged across Europe in the context of the single market. The guidance will also outline how existing EU regulations should be…

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Short-term rental rules begin to take shape internationally; London announces its plans

  • Posted on 9th June 2014
Short-term rental rules begin to take shape internationally; London announces its plans

The last number of months have seen a swathe of new legislation regulating short-term rental across the globe. There are varying reasons for this and, consequently, many different approaches are being taken by policy-makers.     Europe is in the early stages of defining how it will accommodate short-term rentals and the major cities are taking the lead. New regulation impacting…

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Airbnb agrees to pass on anonymised data to New York regulators

  • Posted on 22nd May 2014
Airbnb agrees to pass on anonymised data to New York regulators

Following a revised subpoena from the New York state Attorney General (read our previous blog here) requesting the personal details of hosts who use Airbnb for short-term rentals, both sides have reached an agreement. Under the agreement Airbnb will provide the Attorney General with anonymised aggregate data on their hosts in New York. This data will initially not include names, addresses or…

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New subpoena issued in battle between Airbnb and New York regulators

  • Posted on 15th May 2014
New subpoena issued in battle between Airbnb and New York regulators

New York State regulators have re-issued a subpoena against Airbnb only a day after the courts dismissed a request against the short-term rental company.   On Tuesday, 13th May 2014, Gerald W. Connolly, the Acting Supreme Court Justice, ruled that a request for information was too broad and the demand for information identifying all hosts in New York, including their…

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Labour plans rent controls for private housing

  • Posted on 1st May 2014
Labour plans rent controls for private housing

Private landlords would face rent controls and longer tenancy agreements if the Labour party wins an election next year, party leader Ed Miliband will pledge on Thursday.   Labour, which has a 4 point poll lead over Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservatives, has made living standards central to its fight to win over voters hit by inflation outpacing wages.  …

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