Category: Leases

Month in Review, September 2013: Part 2, the community

4 November, 2013 (13:57) | Airbnb, Apartments, Architecture, Boston, Building Codes, Chicago, China, Detroit, Hotels, Housing, Leases, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, US News |

­­Month in Review, September 2013: Part 2, the community   [Previous Months in Review available here: Aug 13, Jul 13, Jun 13,  May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13]   By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Second prize, two terms as mayor of Boston   As we saw […]

Month in Review, September 2013: Part 1, the individual

1 November, 2013 (11:44) | Airbnb, Apartments, Architecture, Boston, Building Codes, Chicago, China, Detroit, Hotels, Housing, Leases, Month in review, Municipal bankruptcy, US News |

[Previous Months in Review available here: Aug 13, Jul 13, Jun 13,  May 13, Apr 13, Mar 13, Feb 13, Jan 13]   By:David A. Smith   The alleged reader?   As the Great Recession gives away to the Alleged Recovery, so many of the stories about which I’ve posted have wobbled between hope (innovation […]

We know where you live: Part 2, slowing the movement toward IPO

17 October, 2013 (09:00) | Airbnb, Hotels, Innovations, Law, Leases, Markets, New York City, Regulation, Rent control, Speculation, US News |

By:David A. Smith   [Continued from yesterday's Part 1.]   Yesterday’s post on New York Attorney General Scheneiderman’s subpoena of all 225,000 New York City Airbnb landlords, as reported in Quartz (October 7, 2013), is the prompt fulfillment of my speculation, three weeks back, that Airbnb was courting enforcement of New York City’s laws against […]

We know where you live: Part 1, all 225,000 hosts

16 October, 2013 (10:49) | Airbnb, Hotels, Innovations, Law, Leases, Markets, New York City, Regulation, Rent control, Speculation, US News | 1 comment

By:David A. Smith   That didn’t take long, did it?   What just happened?   About three weeks ago, I speculated that Airbnb was asking for trouble with its active solicitation (and one might even say enablement) of illegal subletting of New York City apartments into rent-easy short-term rooms for guests and visitors.  Delving at […]

Guilt by accommodation?

21 December, 2012 (10:30) | Apartments, Boston, Discrimination, Fair Housing, Landlords, Law, Leases, Real estate taxes, Rental, US News |

By:David A. Smith   Of course we are always judged by the company we keep, but can we be fined for the company we rent to – not for anything they are observed to have done or allowed to be done, but simply because we don’t like the look of the renters?   The not-quite-scarlet […]