An investigative report of Airbnb's constant battle against city governments across the world.
Airbnb a Silicon Valley company popularized the concept of sharing one's home with travellers from around the world and help hosts earn some additional income. Over the years, the company has turned into a 30 billion dollars behemoth operating in most countries across the world. However as the company grew, it has attracted quite a few commercial operators exploiting its platform for personal business interests. While the increased number of listings certainly isn't a bad thing for company itself, but it has had serious impact on the availablity of affordable housing, gentrification of neighbourhoods, violation of housing laws, city residents seeing their beloved communities turn into temporary hotels. The hotel industry, affordable housing community along with enraged city residents have mounted relentless pressure on city governments to put restrictions on Airbnb's ever expanding listings. Over the years, this has resulted in Airbnb constanly being engaged in facing lawsuits, growing restrictions on how to operate in various cities and reaching agreements with city governments.
This report investigatives the constant battle of Airbnb against the city governments across the world. We explore What is Airbnb ? What makes it so popular ? Who are the players in this battle against the company ? What has Airbnb done to counter these issues ? And finally look at how this battle may continue in the years ahead.
The data for this research article was obtained from Inside Airbnb an independent, non-commercial set of tools and data that allows to explore how Airbnb is being used in cities around the world.
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