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Report: Airbnb Making A Lot of Money Off of ‘Illegal Hotels’

A recent report from the American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA) shows Airbnb – and companies like it – are making billions off of “unregulated and often illegal hotels in communities across the country.” According to the findings, “81 percent of Airbnb’s revenue nationwide – $4.6 billion – comes from whole-unit rentals where the owner is not present,” which the association claims is not proper home-sharing.

Airbnb fired back with a statement: “This misleading, inaccurate report was bought and paid for by the big hotels and is the latest example of the industry’s willingness to say and do anything to protect their record profits, preserve their ability to price gouge consumers and squash their competition.”

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MaxVO March 16, 2017

In many locations small independent hotels found on expedia or hotels.com are often double listed on AirBnB as well. Is this what they're talking about? Hotels don't become illegal or unregulated simply by choosing an extra marketing venue.

chx1975 March 15, 2017

https://www.airbnb.ca/s/Yesud-HaMa'ala--Israel?locale=en&page=1&allow_override%5B%5D=&ne_lat=33.05595334370262&ne_lng=35.585374701129126&sw_lat=33.046861978277995&sw_lng=35.57561146031492&zoom=16&search_by_map=true&ss_id=hsth485e&s_tag=AiUPvdIz this here is a motel. Check the map, there is literally nothing else at the junction. I reported this more than a year ago and yet Airbnb did nothing. One of the two listings have a review stating a same. It is crystal clear they do not filter at all.