One of the most recent recent changes in online platforms has brought major changes with the community compact from Airbnb. The company, famous for renting apartments has changed its policy on November 11, 2015.
The “Airbnb Community Compact”, posted on the Airbnb blog by Brian Chesky, CEO and co-founder is focused on three new commitments. First of all, Airbnb will start paying tourist and hotel taxes, and will have an unique connection with each city. Secondly, the company vows to become more transparent with sharing information and data with the governments, while keeping the privacy of its clients. Lastly, the hosts from the cities which lack housing on a long term will have to agree to a special policy: only permanent housing on short-term will be listed.
The worrying part for hosts which share temporary homes would be that they would face more challenges when registering with the government of their respective city. Eric Schneiderman, the general attorney from New York with data regarding hosts in 2014, has declared that Airbnb is anything but a corporate citizen, and that being more transparent will not help it either.
The change that has occurred in the company makes many think of the possible problems Airbnb is facing. Last week, when the proposition of new rules by municipal officials came into question, the company was quick to send warnings that it would oppose regulations which could have a negative effect on the business. Furthermore, an initiative that presented peril to Airbnb, otherwise known as Proposition F, has been ruled out. However, it did cost the company around $8 billion to win against the initiative which would have severely limited its short-term housing. Among the restrictions it was stated that rentals per year would be limited to 75 nights and private rentals would have to pay hotel taxes.
Even though Airbnb proves to have a lot of benefits for travelers and hosts alike, it does not help the housing crisis that goes on in San Francisco. Beneficial solutions for cities and their inhabitants are not often the same, and it can be difficult to come up with one single project to serve both of them. The major changes with the community compact from Airbnb will surely have an effect on everyone, but a solution must also be found for all the cities.
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