21 Dec

AIRBNB launched a public policy blog.

The blog is written by David Hantman formerly YAHOOs Vice President of GLOBAL  Public Policy. Hantman was hired as AIRBNBs head of global public policy presenting the image AIRBNB is taking regulatory challenges potentially facing AIRBNB seriously. AIRBNB break local laws governing Hotels, laws for acting as a Business in an area/region/district/state/county etc., tax reporting laws, background check requirements when applicable plus.

AIRBNB STRANGER LANDLORD community rents to STRANGER TENANT persons SPACE ie Rooms or Entire apartments or Sofas or garages to sleep in etc for short stays without the RENTER knowing IF the SPACE is the STRANGER LANDLORDs space to legally rent ie subleasing in a matter of speaking.

AIRBNBs Hantman wrote on the AIRBNB blog “On these pages, we will try to keep you informed about important public policy debates surrounding what we do. We will also ask for your local knowledge, advice, and suggestions as we work together to clarify or improve laws around the world that sometimes make it more difficult for our users to provide great local experiences to travelers,”

Hantman does post “We sometimes just won’t be able to comment publicly regarding ongoing regulatory discussions or changing laws, and I am sorry about that. I am hopeful, though, that with this blog and your participation, you will at least know much more about our current work and what we are doing every day to advocate on your behalf. Hantman doesn’t state WHAT  regulations Airbnb plans to work to amend or WHERE IN THE WORLD what cities.

District of Columbia is no different than any other city around the world besieging the OTA Office of Tenant Advocacy with even MORE problems than the OTA has enforcement trained to pursuer. DCRA Regulatory requires ALL landlords to be licensed & to notify tenants of both the BBL License number & the RAD number the landlord has received when applying to be compliant with DC Law. A year after this blogger made the OTA aware of rental fraud of Apartments/Houses offered on line for rent VIRTUAL TOUR or photos provided to unsuspecting tenants who (1) send money then arrive in the District only to learn the Rental never existed (2) filled out online TENANT INFORMATION unsuspecting potential ID theft or actual theft from banking details provided in GOOD FAITH.

Stoked by the success of unregulated Landlord- Tenant rentals, AIRBnB, the provider of home-based lodging options raising cash several times with a most recent round of financing putting the company’s value in the $2-$3 billion range, is nearing an IPO. The problem with IPOs may become a problem with consumers in that Institutional investors have a predeliction to cashing out in IPOs which may or may not impact consumers. AirBnb booked 2 million users in June 2012. AirBnB is now booking closer to 10 million users a month. Some cities are tweaking regulations to accommodate AirBnB, as did DC during the Inauguration, with the expectation being tourism dollars will be brought in providing revenue and supporting local industry a hint that problems wont get better, a tsunami of issues will make matters worse.

A few months after UBER the unlicensed CAR SERVICE was launched a 13 year old girl being driven to her parents affluent home in NW DC was raped by a driver an issue that would have been mitigated had REGULATORY COMPLIANCE been mandated in advance or near birth of the Technological Entrepreneurial explosion under the perview of CONGRESSMEN Fred Upton Ed Markey & Joe Barton is second to the FISCAL CLIFF with the INAUGURATION a short month away the security concern to the DISTRICT still reeling from terrorism on 9/11


LET CONGRESS HEAR FROM YOU. Contact Congressmen Fred Upton, Joe Barton and Ed Markey & Senators Rand Paul, Mark Warner to protect your Identity and Intellectual Property from theft and cyber stalking. Contact Senator Tim Scott to defend your rights as an Entrepreneur

CAPITOL HILL Switchboard (202) 224 3121


SENATE: Senator Mark Warren Senator Rand Paul ENTREPRENEUR ADVOCATE [ the amazing ] Congressman soon to be Senator TIM SCOTT

And of course contact YOUR OWN Congressman & Senator


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