housing

New York City report pins millions in rent hikes on Airbnb

A report from the New York City Comptroller's office asserts that New York residents are paying hundreds of millions in extra rent linked to the effects of Airbnb. Naturally, the company bitterly reje

Letgo takes on Craigslist with addition of housing listings

Everyone wants to be the Craigslist killer. In November, Facebook expanded its Marketplace section to include partners' housing rentals alongside secondhand merchandise, and today the No. 3 three shop

Security robots are being used to ward off San Francisco’s homeless population

Is it worse if a robot instead of a human is used to deter the homeless from setting up camp outside places of business? One such bot cop recently took over the outside of the San Francisco SPCA, an a

Poshtel launches an international network of luxe pop-up shipping container suites

Launching on the Disrupt 2017 Startup Battlefield stage, the Danish startup Poshtel is really, really into shipping containers. And with good reason. The modular, industrial train car-esque structures

With $13.5M in new funds, Pillow partners with building owners to make rentals Airbnb-friendly

Short-term rental management startup Pillow has raised $13.5 million in new funding, and is launching a new product to provide more transparency to apartment owners when renters make their apartments

Element Raises $102 Million | Crunch Report

Element AI raises $102 Millon, Another board member resigns from Uber and Chan Zukerberg Initiative invests $5 million into Landed to help teachers afford housing in Palo Alto. All this on Crunch Repo

Seattle grapples with Airbnb in proposal to limit hosts to two properties

Seattle will move forward with plans to restrict how many units its residents can list on short-term rental platforms like Airbnb and VRBO. Keeping things a little more lax than cities that have adopt

Honing its dynamic pricing formula, Vacasa wants to make homeowners more cash than Airbnb

With updates to its dynamic pricing system, Vacasa wants to offer smartly priced vacation rentals with an algorithm that takes everything and the kitchen sink into account. A self-described tortoise t

Bedly raises $2.7 million to make renting an apartment a little less horrible

Craigslist is great for serial killers and spear-phishers, but less than ideal for anyone looking for housing. As a platform for renters, Bedly aims to take some of the pain out of the housing-rental

Apartment List raises $30 million to find you a home

There’s no shortage of competition in the housing space, but Apartment List is making a dent in rentals. With more than 5 percent of America’s listings already on the site, the startup is raising

Billionaire tech investors support divisive plan to ban San Francisco’s homeless camps

The debate over what to do about San Francisco’s homeless population has been building for awhile among the many startups and residents here. But now tech billionaires Ron Conway, Michael Moritz

No, Palo Alto isn’t going to ban coding

A report in The New York Times on a culture clash taking place in Palo Alto set off a bit of speculation as to the possibility of "a ban on coding," as the article put it. Well, don't worry. That's no

Roomi raises $4 million to help you find a roommate

At first glance, Roomi looks like just another rental listing app. But there’s a twist — all of these homes already have tenants. An alternative to Craigslist, Roomi thinks it can find you a b

Technology will change where we live

Governor Jerry Brown has recently proposed legislation that would streamline the path for large scale development across California. It could have a huge impact on growing housing supply in San Franci

Berlin housing law change squeezes Airbnb

A 2014 change to housing law in Berlin, aimed at protecting property supply and combating surging rent rates, came into effect on May 1 — banning short term tourist rentals of entire apartment

Airbnb vows to take a “new approach” to culling illegal listings in San Francisco

Airbnb, which is constantly accused of worsening San Francisco’s housing crunch, has released a report specifying how many of its listings might violate city law. It also said it will take more step

Subleases spike in number as SF startups downsize

In January, office rents in San Francisco eclipsed those of New York to become the most expensive in the country. Two months later, there are signs the San Francisco may not maintain its dubious posit

Airbnb Handed Over $1.3M In Tourist Taxes To The City Of Paris In Q4 2015

The city of Paris has disclosed that Airbnb handed over nearly €1.2 million in tourist taxes in the last quarter of 2015. The actual figure was €1.169 million euros ($1.310M), generated by 1.4 mil

San Francisco’s Short-Term Rental Solution

After two-and-a-half years of intense policy discussion and countless hours of public testimony, this week Mayor Ed Lee signed into law legislation I authored that will for the first time regulate sho

Tech-Savvy Communes Could Be The Answer To SF’s Housing Issues

The communal spirit of the 60’s has returned to SF, but with a modern twist. Software engineers, founders and tech workers alike are now flocking to giant, Victorian mansions that promise peace, lov
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