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Rent a flat, run a shop (no word on whether there's a cat)

Planning a trip to Scotland and want to get away from boring old Edinburgh, maybe just catch up on your reading? Think about staying in Wigtown, "Scotland's National Book Town". Specifically, think about staying in an apartment above The Open Book, an actual book shop. It's only £28 per night, with a minimum stay of 6 nights. Oh, and one other requirement: you will be running The Open Book, with the help of professional booksellers and volunteers. [more inside]
posted by Etrigan on Mar 3, 2016 - 47 comments

I'm just charging $10 because I need to buy paint

Vincent has put his bedroom up on AirBNB.
posted by pjern on Feb 16, 2016 - 26 comments

AirBnB and Discrimination, Part II

A working paper by three Harvard Business School researchers shows evidence of "widespread" discrimination against African-American guests by Airbnb hosts.

Previously on MetaFilter, a paper by two of the study's authors, Benjamin Edelman and Michael Luca, found a similar effect involving the prices African American hosts could command on the service. [more inside]
posted by kewb on Dec 11, 2015 - 60 comments

Book the death star for your holiday!

Airbnb comes to a galaxy far, far away.
posted by pombe on Dec 9, 2015 - 5 comments

Living and dying on Airbnb

'It’s only a matter of time until something terrible happens,' The New York Times’s Ron Lieber wrote in a 2012 piece examining Airbnb’s liability issues. My family’s story — a private matter until now — is that terrible something.
Writer Zak Stone about a tragic family death and the lack of regulations and liability in the sharing economy at the example of Airbnb.
posted by starzero on Nov 9, 2015 - 159 comments

how Uber is turning customers into unpaid, ruthless middle managers

The rating game: How Uber and its peers turned us into horrible bosses. Josh Dzieza writes about how customer rating systems for "sharing economy" on-demand services like Uber, Airbnb and Taskrabbit has made already tenuous employment even more precarious. "We’re not just working for money," an Uber driver told me. "We’re working for ratings, but ratings have no value. Ratings serve only to prevent you from getting fired. Only bad things can happen to you. We’re scurrying like rats after these things with no value." [more inside]
posted by hurdy gurdy girl on Nov 4, 2015 - 125 comments

Election Day 2015 Results

Houston Voters Reject Broad Anti-Discrimination Ordinance [The New York Times]
A yearlong battle over gay and transgender rights that turned into a costly, ugly war of words between this city’s lesbian mayor and social conservatives ended Tuesday as voters repealed an anti-discrimination ordinance that had attracted attention from the White House, sports figures and Hollywood celebrities. The City Council passed the measure in May, but it was in limbo after opponents succeeded, following a lengthy court fight, in putting the matter to a referendum.
[more inside] posted by Fizz on Nov 4, 2015 - 204 comments

Zweckentfremdungsverbot

AIRBNB vs. BERLIN
posted by the man of twists and turns on Oct 27, 2015 - 17 comments

Sour Dough: Airbnb's impact in San Francisco

In a five-part series, the San Francisco Chronicle’s Carolyn Said examines Airbnb’s impact in San Francisco. (Previously) [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on Jul 14, 2015 - 69 comments

You don’t just live with art, you live in art.

In Seattle, Xenia is not only a "one bedroom in Eastlake", it's an Airbnb art installation you can rent for a $100 a night.
posted by ShooBoo on May 29, 2015 - 17 comments

Santa Monica says "Later, dude!" to AirBnB

Tuesday night, the Santa Monica (CA) City Council unanimously passed one of the most restrictive laws in the nation on short-term rentals. The ordinance (which strengthens and enforces laws already on the books) explicitly bans vacation rentals – rentals of 30 days or less where the primary occupant of the home or apartment is not present – while legalizing and taxing “home-sharing” – i.e. renting a couch, spare room or backyard cottage - providing at least one of the primary residents lives on-site throughout the stay. Santa Monica (pop. 92K) receives over 7 million visitors annually; Salvador Valles, the city's acting chief administrative officer for Planning and Community Development, estimates the number of available listings on home-share sites would go from 1700 to 300. The ordinance goes into effect June 15. [more inside]
posted by Room 641-A on May 14, 2015 - 80 comments

we are not familiar living with foreign people ... what do you even eat?

meet the unlikely Airbnb hosts of Japan
posted by and they trembled before her fury on Feb 24, 2015 - 58 comments

What the Sharing Economy Takes

Uber and Airbnb monetize the desperation of people in the post-crisis economy while sounding generous—and evoke a fantasy of community in an atomized population. [more inside]
posted by standardasparagus on Feb 13, 2015 - 86 comments

Digital Discrimination: The Case of Airbnb.com

[...]non-black [AirBnb] hosts earn roughly 12% more for a similar apartment with similar ratings and photos relative to black hosts. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Aug 28, 2014 - 43 comments

The Hunt is on

Huntbnb is a new service that helps landlords and neighbors find Airbnb listings within their own buildings. While Airbnb does not list actual addresses for listings, HuntBnB matches user-entered exact addresses to Airbnb listings within close proximity. [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Aug 15, 2014 - 45 comments

Airbnb's hidden impact on San Francisco

“In a city that has chronic housing shortages, the number of Airbnb homes that appear to not be available on the rental market is significant"
posted by ellieBOA on Jun 23, 2014 - 113 comments

AirPnP

Going to Mardi Gras in New Orleans and finding yourself worried about bathroom options? Try AirPnP. Like Airbnb, but for bathrooms. [more inside]
posted by ColdChef on Feb 27, 2014 - 33 comments

Sharing is caring ... and cashing in?

AirBnB And The Unstoppable Rise Of The Share Economy
“We’re going to have to invent new economics to capture the impact of the sharing economy,” says Arun Sundararajan, a professor at the Stern School of Business at NYU who studies this phenomenon. The largest question for academics is whether this all creates new value or just replaces existing businesses. The answer is surely both. It’s classic creative destruction.
[more inside] posted by the man of twists and turns on Feb 9, 2013 - 53 comments

Toliets for the Couch Surfing set

With the closure of Borders across the nation, what is one to do when nature calls? Just as AirBNB and CouchSurfing have solved the problem of renting out your spare room, why not rent out your bathroom to strangers with CLOO!
posted by wcfields on Sep 7, 2011 - 34 comments

Find a place to trash.

When EJ was called out of town for work, she decided to use couchsurfing site AirBnB to rent her home out for the week. She took care to lock up her valuables (money, passport, iPod, grandmother's jewelry) in a closet. She came home to find her tenants had systematically looted & trashed the place. They got to the closet through a hole they made in the wall & even cut the tags off her pillows. AirBnB has made sympathetic statements but EJ remains devastated.
posted by scalefree on Jul 29, 2011 - 132 comments

Because sometimes a hostel just doesn't cut it.

Rent Liechtenstein. Last Summer, Snoop Dogg tried to rent Liechtenstein for a music video shoot. Now, thanks to Airbnb, you can actually rent the entire country for $70k a night, with a two-night minimum. [more inside]
posted by Lutoslawski on Apr 15, 2011 - 59 comments

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