Outdoors of Airbnb, individuals are posting listings and in search of short-term leases in Fb teams. Advertisements on Craigslist for leases have weekly or nightly costs listed—WIRED discovered one itemizing with a weekly and nightly worth on Craigslist that additionally seems on Airbnb, however can solely be booked for 30 days or longer on Airbnb. These off-platform leases pose dangers to each visitors and hosts, who might get scammed with out the protections of larger corporations like Airbnb.
Craigslist didn’t reply to a request for remark. Meta, Fb’s mum or dad firm, didn’t touch upon particular listings flagged by WIRED, however the firm’s insurance policies require consumers and sellers in Fb Market to adjust to native legal guidelines, and the corporate prohibits individuals from selling criminality in Fb pages and teams.
Then there’s Houfy, one other web site itemizing short-term leases. WIRED discovered that most of the listings come from visitors who joined the positioning in September, the identical month New York’s new registration guidelines took impact. The intention is for visitors to ebook immediately with hosts—assume Airbnb with out the charges. The positioning compares costs for a similar property on Airbnb and Houfy and claims to point out how a lot individuals can save by avoiding Airbnb’s charges.
Houfy has obtained a discover from New York Metropolis concerning the new rule and is “reviewing how you can adjust to their guidelines,” Thijs Aaftink, CEO of Houfy, tells WIRED. Aaftink says Houfy, not like Airbnb and different rental websites, doesn’t take commissions on transactions between hosts and visitors, and argues the corporate “is subsequently not a part of the transaction.” He says hosts are accountable for complying with native legal guidelines when itemizing properties.
After the rule change, Airbnb is shifting consideration away from New York, which was as soon as its largest market. Airbnb CEO Brian Chesky has just lately said the corporate is exploring longer leases, in addition to automobile leases and eating pop-ups. And it’s got its eyes on Paris, its largest market and residential to the 2024 Summer season Olympics.
“I used to be all the time hopeful that New York Metropolis would cleared the path—that we’d discover a resolution in New York, and other people would say, ‘If they’ll make it in New York, they’ll make it wherever,’” Chesky stated throughout an event in September hosted by Skift, a journey trade information web site. “I feel, sadly, New York is not main the best way—it’s in all probability a cautionary story.”