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Is a gentrified Venice Beach still Venice Beach? With median home prices topping $1.4 million, the area's eclectic characters can't afford to stay. Investors and the tech industry say the change is only natural.
Aug 28, 2015   The Washington Post
The battles in New York and San Francisco have cities like Sacramento preparing for the growth of the home-sharing economy.
Aug 18, 2015   Sacramento Business Journal
Blog Post
A few months ago, I blogged about the impact of Airbnb on rents for traditional month-to-month or year-to-year tenancies. Blog Post
Jul 21, 2015   By Michael Lewyn
The San Francisco Chronicle published a large, magazine-style feature detailing the impacts of Airbnb on the city's housing market.
Jul 14, 2015   San Francisco Chronicle
By exiling short-term renters, the coastal city of Santa Monica shifts its housing burden onto neighboring areas. That burden, according to this op-ed, contradicts the city's sustainability commitment and further limits scarce residential options.
Jun 8, 2015   Santa Monica Daily Press
Despite approving legislation to regulate short-term rentals in October 2014, San Francisco must go back to the drawing board to find legislation that works. Stay tuned.
May 19, 2015   The San Francisco Examiner
Blog Post
Over the past few years, the growth of Airbnb.com has made it much easier for people to rent out rooms in their houses and apartments. Blog Post
Apr 21, 2015   By Michael Lewyn
Compiled from interviews conducted with city officials, this National League of Cities report gives us a regulator's-eye-view of the sharing economy. Among the topics discussed are equity, taxation, and data transparency.
Apr 15, 2015   National League Of Cities
A labor group is taking on the impact of short-term rentals on the housing market in one of the most expensive cities in the country. The debate is contentious, with numbers flying both ways, and also critical for the economic health of cities.
Mar 16, 2015   KPCC
A judge's ruling in New York has evicted a rent-stabilized tenant in Hell's Kitchen. Renters might want to reconsider the terms of their lease before listing their apartments for rent—especially if they live in a rent stabilized apartment.
Feb 20, 2015   New York Post
A new app is part bikeshare and part Airbnb.
Jan 8, 2015   San Francisco Chronicle