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New Arizona Law Could Affect Homeowner Associations

Governor Ducey signed SB1350 on June 12, 2016, and it becomes effective January 1, 2017. The bill prohibits municipalities from restricting or regulating the ability of homeowners to use their property as vacation rentals...more

Short-term lettings frustrated by user covenant

The decision of the Upper Tribunal in Iveta Nemcova v. Fairfield Rents Limited [2016] UKUT 303 (LC) is a reminder that it is not just the alienation covenant that must be considered when a tenant seeks to deal with its lease....more

New Economy Businesses Need New Insurance: Can the Insurance Industry Keep Up?

The sharing economy and new technology innovations have disrupted the traditional underwriting and risk assessment models....more

Do I Owe Income Taxes When I Rent Out My Home?

Over the summer, Brad Bevos’ company relocated him from Austin to Springfield, Illinois. A University of Texas alum and huge Longhorn football fan, the move bummed Brad because he won’t be able to attend home games this...more

New 2016 Laws Impacting Commercial Real Estate in Virginia

Another session of Virginia’s General Assembly has now come and gone, adding one more chapter to the nearly four hundred year history of the country’s oldest law-making body. Over three thousand bills were proposed in the...more

Airbnb Sues Anaheim Over Law That Makes Website Liable for Illegal Short Term Rentals

Airbnb recently filed a federal lawsuit against the City of Anaheim over a new law that penalizes short-term rental sites like Airbnb for hosting listings that violate the City’s rental regulations. The new law, which went...more

Advertising Law - July 2016 #2

VW Will Pay $14.7B in Largest FTC False Ad Suit - Volkswagen made a $14.7 billion deal with the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, and the California Attorney General over charges that the auto...more

Airbnb Files Suit to Enjoin San Francisco Law

As expected, Airbnb filed suit in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California on Monday seeking to enjoin the recently enacted amendments to the City’s so-called “Airbnb law.” The suit seeks to strike...more

Your daily dose of financial news - The Brief – 6.29.16

Big financial firm stress test results are out from the Fed later today, and though all banks proved up to the task of reserving enough capital (as reported last Friday), the economic downturn simulation that’s part of round...more

Julia Child Foundation Sues Airbnb for Using Her Name Without Permission

The charitable foundation representing the estate of famed chef, culinary author and TV personality Julia Child, has sued Airbnb because the company used Child’s name and likeness for a Memorial Day promotion without the...more

Landscape of Proposed Chicago “Airbnb” Ordinance Still Changing, Days from City Council Vote

In early May, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel proposed a highly controversial ordinance to regulate Airbnb and other home-sharing service providers. In its initial form, the ordinance required units rented out for more than 90...more

SF Supes Vote to Violate Communications Decency Act with Amendment to Airbnb Law

On June 7, 2016, which also happens to be primary day in California, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted unanimously to amend the City’s Residential Unit Conversion Ordinance (the so-called Airbnb Law) to require...more

Short-Term Rentals Spur Discord at Neighborhood Level

The debate over short-term vacation rentals is increasingly pitting neighbor against neighbor. Despite the failure of San Francisco’s high-profile Proposition F, which would have limited short-term rentals to 75 days per year...more

Vacation rental websites create difficult choices for hotels

In just a few years, vacation rental websites have exploded onto the scene, commanding a significant market presence in the hospitality industry and redefining traditional “vacation rentals.” In particular, websites like...more

Insure Your Risk as an Airbnb Host

As Bay Area residents prepared for thousands of football fans and media to descend on their region for the Super Bowl, one began to hear the sorts of rumblings that typically precede big events. Traffic will be terrible....more

West Coast Real Estate Update: Feb. 2016 #3

Los Angeles Ballot Proposal To Halt Developer's Zoning Changes - A group called "Coalition to Preserve L.A." is proposing a ballot measure that would impose a two-year moratorium on all projects in the city of Los...more

Landlords and tenants: To Airbnb or not Airbnb, that is the question

If you own or occupy residential real property, a question may come to mind. As Shakespeare might have put it, “To BNB or not BNB, that is the question.”...more

N.Y. Appeals Court Ruling on Short-Term Rental Lodging May Have Implications for Airbnb and Other “Sharing Economy” Companies

The New York Appellate Division’s recent decision that blocked a municipality’s attempt to regulate a homeowner’s renting out of his individual residence as short-term lodging demonstrates challenges that may face...more

California Appellate Court Holds Unruh Act Does Not Apply to Legislative Action

Decision Comes in Short-Term Rental Ordinance Litigation - California’s Unruh Civil Rights Act, which prohibits a business establishment from discriminating in housing or other accommodations, does not apply to an...more

Mobile Apps Like Uber and Airbnb Raise Novel ADA Title III Issues

Last week, Buzzfeed reported that the United Spinal Association opposed Uber’s CEO’s nomination for Time Magazine’s Man of the Year award because Uber cars are allegedly not wheelchair accessible. This controversy raises an...more

Renewable Energy Update - Decemeber 2015

Renewable Energy Focus - Wind and solar power to supply more energy than shale, Goldman Sachs says: Bloomberg - Nov 30: New wind turbines and solar panels worldwide will provide more energy over the...more

The Home-Sharing Economy

Long before Airbnb, short-term home rental platforms, such as VRBO and Vacation Home Rentals, connected individuals looking for hotel alternatives. Recently, however, the notion of short-term home rentals has become a...more

Technological Change and Economic Growth

Google, Facebook, Twitter, WhatsApp, Zynga, Airbnb, Uber etc etc. These are all companies that have come from nowhere and are now market leaders in an increasingly mobile and digital world. They have built their brands and...more

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

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