Tag: airbnb

Another unbelievable Airbnb nightmare

Photo by Jimmy Emerson, DVM, via Flickr

The following is a letter I have composed for my son’s girlfriend, Shannon.


Dear Airbnb,

I just received an email asking me to rate my recent experience–July 13-15, 2018–on a scale from terrible to great. As there is no option that adequately describes my experience, please bear with me while I explain.

The story starts one year ago, when I threw a surprise birthday party for my boyfriend in Brooklyn in a building that, once all the guests had arrived, turned out to be nonexistent. I live in Baltimore and many of the 25 guests came from out of town, so perhaps you can imagine how devastating it was that the event space I had booked for $800 simply was not there, nor was there an answer at the phone number, nor could Airbnb provide any suitable alternative venue. (Further appalling details in attached copy of previous letter.)

Marylanders Made More than $42 Million by Hosting Airbnb Guests in 2017

A map of available rentals in Baltimore. Still via Airbnb.com

Airbnb’s popularity among Maryland homeowners only continued to grow last year, and data indicate Baltimore led the way.

Ex-Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake Joins Airbnb as a Paid Adviser


After twice pushing for higher taxes and tighter rules for Airbnb rentals in Baltimore, former Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake has accepted a paid gig with the company on an advisory board comprised of former city mayors.

Airbnb Hotel Tax Bill Died in City Council Committee on Tuesday

Courtesy Airbnb.com
Courtesy Airbnb.com

Baltimore City Council members have declined to consider a bill that would have levied a 9.5 percent tax on the more than 300 Airbnb rentals in the city.