Perhaps realizing the shortcomings of its original reviews protocol, Airbnb has recently changed the system to operate as a sort of double-blind submission. That is, neither host nor guest has access to the others’ review until after both have submitted.
Almost immediately, I found myself more willing to be honest in reviews. Considering how central the review system is to the entire structure of Airbnb (or any other sharing economy business), this should goes a long way towards increasing user confidence in reviews.
Residents were previously restricted from renting out their homes for periods of less than 30 days, according to a law that the city said protected housing rates and helped to regulate property rentals. The new law allows residents who live in the city for a minimum of nine months of the year to rent out rooms or residences for short stays for up to 90 days of business per year.
the simple fact remains that any rules are going to lead to lawsuits. And, given that, any claim that the FCC needs to put in place one particular solution to avoid lawsuits is misleading. No matter what rules are put in place, there will be legal uncertainty for the next few years. If anything, that suggests that the FCC shouldn’t consider “which rules will avoid being dragged to court,” but rather it should take that question off the table. Instead, the FCC should focus on “what’s the right thing to do.”