Up in the Air: Harmonizing the Sharing Economy Through Airbnb Regulations
The practice of opening up one’s home to accommodate strangers is not new, but it has been revitalized and expanded through the sharing economy and—in particular—through the technology-based platform Airbnb. Despite marketing itself as a tool to connect people across the world, Airbnb has distanced itself from responsibility to its users and the communities in which it operates. As a leader in the sharing economy, Airbnb should be liable for limited actions of hosts consistent with the externalities generated by transient home sharing. A number of European cities serve as a model for how U.S. jurisdictions can respond effectively to the growing demand for short-term housing through Airbnb while also taking into account the externalities that the platform imposes on the permanent housing market. Moreover, the pervasiveness of Airbnb, and the sharing economy as a whole, exposes deficiencies in the federal laws that govern online behavior, revealing the necessity for such laws to be revisited.
Recommended CitationJohanna Interian, Up in the Air: Harmonizing the Sharing Economy Through Airbnb Regulations, 39 B.C. Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 129 (2016), http://lawdigitalcommons.bc.edu/iclr/vol39/iss1/6
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