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FTC Addresses Sharing Economy Following June Workshop

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Edith Ramirez recently made statements regarding regulation of the developing “sharing economy” exemplified by on-demand apps and websites such as Uber and Airbnb that connect sellers of a...more

What Condo Companies Can Do About Airbnb-like Organizations

Cheap, short-term rental accommodations through companies like Airbnb Inc. are popular for travelers and condominium owners, however they are not as appealing for condo corporations when they occur in their condo complexes....more

IREG Update - August 2015

Hot Topic: Re"visiting" the sharing economy - A primer on the insurance issues surrounding lodging sharing companies - Background Beginning in the early 2000's, social technologies enabled the emergence of new...more

Los hostales toman el poder: Primera parte

En nuestro blog Nuevo Miami solemos destacar el rol que cumple Miami como uno de los mercados que marca tendencia para el sector hotelero. Durante los últimos años, Miami fue un popular punto de partida para marcas lujosas,...more

Hostel Takeover: Part One

On our New Miami blog we often talk about Miami’s role as a trendsetting market for the hospitality industry. Over the last few years, Miami has been a popular launching point for luxury brands, such as The Thompson Miami...more

Reining in Santa Monica’s Short-Term Rentals

Municipalities from New York to San Francisco are cracking down on the vacation-rental industry. Each city has approached the situation in a wildly different manner, but one factor remains the same: Restrictions on these...more

Are Short-Term Vacation Rentals Legal?

The recent explosion in popularity of short-term vacation rentals through services such as and not only provides terrifying horror stories about problem renters (google it if you’re interested), but also...more

FTC Workshop on the Sharing Economy: Insights and Promise

Following Commissioner Ohlhausen’s opening presentation, Stanford Professor Liran Einav introduced the first morning panel. It was moderated by Nathan Wilson, Economist for the FTC’s Bureau of Economics. Panelists beyond...more

IREG Update

With the rise of the so-called "sharing economy" comes a rise in risks to participants of all kinds, and to the companies that provide platforms for such "sharing." Over the last few years, the insurance risks evident in the...more

San Francisco’s Airbnb Regulation Runs Into Enforcement Issues

A little over a month after San Francisco’s comprehensive home-sharing law went into effect, the City is already encountering a problem that threatens the effectiveness of the measure. The law, which allows residents to rent...more

Real Estate Law Alert - December 2014

Dear Friend: We would like to make you aware of a recent development that may have substantial impact on the occupancy of your building and the liability of the Board of Directors and/or management company. "Airbnb"...more

National League of Cities Issues Report on the Sharing Economy

The National League of Cities has released a report on the current climate across the nation with regard to the “sharing economy” that may provide localities who are dealing with these issues potential templates to follow....more

Asheville, North Carolina Looks At Short-Term Rentals and Zoning, Fees

Thanks to the internet, is this a golden age of direct-to-consumer, everyday necessities like living quarters -- think AirBnB or Couchsurfing -- to transportation -- think Uber and Lyft? Is laundry next? What about eating? ...more

A Taxing Problem: How to Regulate Online Vacation Rental Marketplaces

In recent years, the “sharing economy” has developed across the country. It is largely unregulated and, as such, can operate contrary to the interests of local businesses and communities. These “sharing” services are complex...more

What Needs To Be Shared About the “Sharing Economy”

The sharing economy (sometimes also referred to as the peer-to-peer economy) is a socio-economic system built around the sharing of human and physical resources. The idea is nothing new - humans have engaged in the business...more

Discussion: How Should Cities Address Emerging Technologies Such as Uber & Lyft, Airbnb, Drones, e-Cigarettes and More?

New technologies are constantly emerging and creating novel issues, and opportunities, for local governments. These technologies come in many forms and service various markets, often threatening to disrupt the status quo and...more

Are Airbnb Hosts Regulated by the CPSC? Short-Term Rental Properties May Require Compliance with Pool & Spa Safety Laws

In the wake of the tragic drowning of Virginia Graeme Baker, granddaughter of former Secretary of State James Baker, Congress passed and President Bush signed into law the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. The...more

Airing a new logo: Airbnb

For those of you who are into traveling, you are probably very familiar with the trendy Airbnb, a travel site that lets you book a stay at someone’s home instead of a hotel. They are part of a growing trend of websites...more

Collaborative Consumption – Is It Good to Share?

Peer-to-peer (“P2P”) business models based on the Internet and technology platforms have become increasingly innovative. As such models have proliferated, they frequently result in clashes with regulators or established...more

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