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    The BBC first spotted that a number of 5* hosts were speaking out angrily on Airbnb’s forum claiming to have been kicked off the platform.

  • While Airbnb told the BBC that the delistings were routine “for quality purposes”, hosts speculated that the company could be responding to recent allegations about professional landlords using its platform to skirt around planning regulations and taxes.


    Without consent, any Airbnb host with a mortgage is likely to find themselves in breach of their home loan contract.


  • Council of Mortgage Lenders (CML) says it is likely that all owner-occupiers will find a clause in their paperwork preventing the letting of the property on any basis without prior consent.


    If you do seek permission for a short-term rental of your entire home – for example, when you are going on holiday for a week – the Co-op, Clydesdale bank, Yorkshire bank, the Bank of Ireland, the Post Office, RBS and Virgin Money would not allow it

  • Santander and TSB said they might allow it, depending on your situation, although Santander would charge a £295 fee for each consent period. Other lenders also said requests would be decided on a case-by-case basis

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  • grave mistake of accepting rent in cash after the Airbnb transaction ended.
  • She tried to serve them eviction papers during this three-week standoff, but they just ignored her, as you can see on surveillance footage she shot in her kitchen. And, depressingly, they did something to screw up her sewage system too.

    Airbnb has washed their hands of the case given that the woman essentially did begin renting to the couple as a landlord, after their Airbnb stay

  • 22 July 2014

    An Airbnb host is considering legal action in a bid to remove a man she claims is squatting

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  • Airbnb started its first "grassroots" lobbying campaign in 2013, through an organization called Peers (the nonprofit called itself "a member-driven organization that supports the sharing economy movement," but it had deep links with the company)
  • the site helped hosts create online petitions to send to local legislatures, organized meetups, and hosted one-off dinners. A for-profit marketing agency called Purpose orchestrated the movement.
  • In 2013, the year Peers launched, it spent $120,000.

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  • November 25, 2015
  • In two years, the Green Taxi Ordinance reduced gas consumption by 2.9 million gallons per year, lowered greenhouse gas emissions by 35,000 tons annually, and saved drivers money in gas costs and brake repairs.


    But The City’s innovative policy has been disrupted. Ride-hail companies, like Uber and Lyft, are not only driving business away from The City’s green taxi fleet; they are allowing drivers from all over the state to oversaturate San Francisco streets with any type of car they want.

  • The California Public Utilities Commission tells utilities what percentage of their energy must come from renewables. Can’t it also require ride-hail companies, which it has authority to regulate, to use fuel-efficient vehicles? No, Constance Gordon at the Commission told me, the CPUC needs express legislative direction.


    The City could also extend the Green Taxi Ordinance to ride-hail companies. But Tim Papandreou at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, told me The City doesn’t have clear authority to regulate and data to guide
     regulations. He assured me the SFMTA is “trying to figure out a way through this,” but data is key. “Without data we can’t make statements.” he said.

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  • t it won’t be formally adopted until 2020, giving manufacturers time to ensure future disposable products are made from biologically sourced materials, as well as being compostable.
  • According to The Local, 4.73 billion plastic cups are currently thrown away in France every year, with only 1 percent recycled.   

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  • Finally, a story about Uber in which they’re not being inherently evil, sort of: Uber is introducing a “Safe Ride Checklist” for riders in Boston and Chicago, where drivers have been accused of sexually assaulting female passengers
  • before you get in your Uber, a little message will pop up with three prompts. It will ask you to “confirm the license plate number in the app matches the one on the driver’s vehicle,” “confirm the name and picture of the driver in app matches the driver in the car,” and then ends with “Questions? Send us an email or tweet and we’ll be in touch.”

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  • owners and visitors.”
  • Councilmember Tim Burgess and Mayor Ed Murray are mostly fine with property owners using their primary residence on Airbnb and its imitators year-round.
  • The new regulations would be targeted more at landlords with bigger operations

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  • July 13, 2016, 10:10 PM
  • users with names that are “distinctively African-American” often get more negative reviews on Airbnb and earn less money than white hosts.
  • 6% of the hosts in New York had three or more listings — which is often the sign of illegal hotel operations.

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Sep 04, 16

Hot and Sour Soup
fish cake, nasturtium,wood ear, lily bulbs, green tomato

Egg Drop Soup
yellow corn, bloomsdale spinach, squash blossoms

  • In 2014, the San Francisco Bay Area received $22 billion of investment from the venture capital community. This represents nearly half of all venture capital in the United States,
  • companies such as Uber ($1.2 billion), Cloudera ($740 million), and Airbnb ($475 million).

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  • No one is making a serious argument that chefs should only ever cook foods to which they have a direct ancestral connection. But why is it that these mostly white, "pedigreed" chefs attain such incredible fame and success when equally talented immigrant cooks might labor in obscurity for years? And what does it mean that food pundits are so quick to hail these chefs as authorities on their adopted cuisines?

  • Spoilage bacteria form into slimy films
  • pathogens that do make you sick are odorless, colorless and invisible.
  • no more than four days at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or 4 degrees centigrade.

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  • P.S. I was never a Bernie supporter, either.

  • January 12, 2016
  • by     Maya Benari
  • you don’t want to make someone feel bad, but it’s important to have everyone think about diverse and inclusive language.

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  • April 24, 2016. Norah O'Donnell is the correspondent
  • Rep. David Jolly:
  • your job, new member of Congress, is to raise $18,000 a day.

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