renting

Amsterdam to halve Airbnb-style tourist rentals to 30 nights a year per host

City councillors in Amsterdam have decided to reduce by half the number of nights Airbnb hosts can rent out their apartments in the city -- imposing a cap of 30 nights per year, down from the current

In India, an Uber for farm machinery aims to make a difference in rural areas

Uber has inspired countless businesses to adopt its asset-light and on-demand approach to their industries. The examples are countless. Food delivery, dry cleaning, jet planes, home services rental bi

GM expands Maven car sharing to NYC

GM’s car sharing service Maven is expanding to the largest city in the U.S., the company announced Monday. The expansion is one of many for the company, which originally began operating only in

Zently provides a better way for renters to connect with their landlords

A startup called Zently hopes to improve the process of renting a home or apartment by making it easier for renters to split bills, pay for their rent and contact their landlords when something goes w

London startup launches chatbot to help renters exercise their rights

London-based startup RentersUnion has created what it's hoping will be a socially useful chatbot, pitching their web-based bot as a robot replacement for (expensive) housing lawyers.

This bed with built-in subwoofer, TV, lamp and power outlets may be your last purchase, ever

Furlenco’s new “Pod” might just be the most outrageous product hitting the market this holiday season. The Bangalore, India based furniture rental startup has always had a penchant

Zumper raises a $17.6M Series B to expand beyond apartment searches

Zumper, the online apartment search platform, has raised $17.6M in Series B funding. This brings total funding to date to $39.2M. While the company declined to discuss valuation, TechCrunch has learne

Rental matchmaker HomeMe raises $3.2 million

HomeMe, the developers of the rental application that pre-approves and screens potential renters for apartments and landlords that will actually approve their rental applications, has raised $3.2 mill

Naborly lets landlords screen tenants automagically

Picture this: you own a nice building in San Francisco and you want to rent to some good old-fashioned salt-of-the-earth folks for not much money. I realize this is a fantasy but play along. How do yo

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

Zumper Acquires PadMapper And Relaunches It With An Updated Interface

Zumper, the Kleiner-backed apartment rental platform that launched at TechCrunch Disrupt SF 2012, has acquired PadMapper, the popular map-centric apartment rentals site that was once embroiled in a pr

HomeMe Launches With App To Take The Pain Out Of Apartment Rentals

Renting an apartment sucks. But now there's a solution for all of us with HomeMe, which launches today in the app store.

Movebubble Makes Renting Suck Less

If you've lived in a big city where renting (versus owning) is a popular option for residents, then you likely know the endless struggle of trying to find a place to live. The listings that often intr

11 Actual “Rooms” For Rent In SF That Are More Than Your Midwestern Mortgage

Let’s be honest, every apartment for rent in San Francisco is more than the average Midwestern mortgage. An ordinary 35-44-year-old homeowner in the U.S. hands over about $1,073 per month for t

Aiming To Build An End-To-End Rental Ecosystem, Apartment List Raises $15M

One month after <a href="https://beta.techcrunch.com/2013/10/16/apartment-list-acquires-rentadvisor-bolstering-their-listings-with-reviews/">acquiring</a> the apartment reviews site RentAdvisor, <a ta

Vacation Rental Startup HouseTrip Picks Up $40M Led By Accel In Another Big Round For Collaborative Consumption

<a target="_blank" href="http://www.housetrip.com">HouseTrip.com</a>, one of the startups working at the accommodation end of the collaborative consumption market, with a platform for people to rent o

Disposable DVDs: Like DIVX but hopefully not sucky

Remember DIVX? Not DivX the codec, but DIVX as in Digital Video Express — from Circuit City — the ill-fated self-destructing DVD system from lo those many years ago. A similar idea just mi

Apple TV high-def movies are rental only, not for sale

iPod Observer recently spoke with someone at Apple and was able to get a little more information about renting HD movies using the new Apple TV software. The basic gist is that HD movies can only be r