Governments at all levels are under mounting pressure by the corporate hotel industry and their shareholders to stop middle class people from using and renting homes on the AirBnB network. It should be pointed out that the US government onesidedly redistributed income from the 99 to the 1 percent via legislation and regulations so much that the economy could no longer create the jobs necessary to sustain the people of the middle class, so some of those folks had to find ways to sustain themselves, and viola! Suddenly, you had Uber, Lift and AirBnB.
The corporate big boys aren’t happy that middle class folks are paying middle class folks cash to crash for the night in their homes. The big boys want your cash. They want all the money to go to themselves. AirBnB has got to go, if only to keep their profits and share values rising.
The share prices of some of the largest hotel chains in the nation have been sagging for a year and half. Think Marriot, Wyndham and Hilton. Got to get those profits up in order for share prices to rise. The best way to do that is eliminate the competition from AirBnB (and all those working stiffs with extra rooms to rent). The best way to eliminate the competition is in the legislative markets on the local, state and federal levels.
According to the Guardian UK:
New York governor Andrew Cuomo signed a bill that will fine tenants or landlords who rent unoccupied apartments for less than 30 days.
In Dublin, the owners of one apartment were recently prohibited from using it as an Airbnb rental without planning permission, raising the prospect of copycat actions elsewhere.
In Berlin, people who rent more than half of their home “short-term without obtaining permission from the city council now risk a fine of €100,000. And in London, a 90-day rule was introduced last year under which no property can be rented out on Airbnb, or any similar service, for more than three months a year without planning permission.”
In other words, the corporate hotel chains are busy convincing lawmakers to steal your right to rent rooms you own, which people have been doing for thousands of years. Quite naturally, the corporate news media is against AirBnB because those folks don’t advertise their products, so you hear only bad stories about AirBnB with the media. That’s because the big hotel chains do advertise with the corporate media.
Click AirBnB Backlash–The Guardian UK for the rest of the story.