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The Times story revealing the inner-workings of a group’s multimillion-dollar Airbnb scheme — unlawfully using the site to convert scores of Manhattan apartments into makeshift hotels — reverberated with readers around the world.
We heard from hosts who share their homes to make ends meet, families who live next door to apartments rented out on Airbnb and travelers who use Airbnb — as well as those who prefer not to.
The company’s rapid growth has transformed how millions of people travel. But it’s clear, from hundreds of reader comments, that there’s a heated debate over the impact of the so-called sharing economy on the character of neighborhoods, housing stock and quality of life.
Below, a sampling of readers’ comments, shortened and edited for clarity.
My husband and I own a small unit in a Battery Park condo building. Two years ago, I became aware of touristy people on the elevators complete with luggage and guidebooks. Short-term rentals are a definite no-no in our doorman building, regardless of city rules.
The listings were removed. But, two days ago, an ad popped up on my Facebook page showing a listing in, you guessed it, our building.
In buildings like ours, the issue is unvetted strangers roaming our halls and not taking care of things as owners would.
I rent my flat on Airbnb.
I work overseas so it suits me fine to have it as a pied-à-terre that brings in some money while I’m away. I understand people can get annoyed with tourists, but if it wasn’t for Airbnb, my neighborhood would likely be empty, except for a few elderly people.
I follow the law here: The property is registered with the authorities. We create invoices using a government portal. And we have a complaints book and emergency signs that glow in the dark.
If the government regulates short term rentals, and renters like myself follow the rules, I should be allowed to do with my property as I wish.
Over the past few years we have used Airbnb in Asia, Europe and the United States.
Out of 20 or so rentals, only two (in Shanghai and Brussels) were so horrendously misleading from what was advertised that we demanded our money back.
Each time Airbnb made good and we were fully refunded. The vast majority of our experiences were positive.
But we’ve also experienced the other side of the coin: Our upstairs neighbors converted their flat into an Airbnb. We lost much of our peace and quiet as overnighters were coming and going at all hours. It truly downgraded our quality of life.
Airbnb is mostly great for customers and travelers. If you have to live with it, not so much.
We rented out our two spare guest rooms on Airbnb. I thought I had correctly researched the laws beforehand.
We kept our prices higher than our competitors to weed out party animals. We're on fixed incomes, so the extra money was useful. Most importantly, we got to meet great people from all cultures.
Our neighbors weren’t bothered by our very occasional guests, who were always quiet. And the government got their taxes.
But then they came knocking with a cease-and-desist order saying it was illegal. It turned out it was. The losers were us and the guests who lost the opportunity to stay in a nice home with a kitchen.
My wife and I rented an Airbnb in Manhattan a few years back. The owner made a point of shushing us so neighbors wouldn’t know we were there. It was clear the building didn’t condone the activity. We spent most of the time feeling like trespassers.
But some people say that it allows them to travel on their own terms or stay somewhere they would otherwise not be able to afford.
Tourism in big cities has a huge impact on subsidized services like trains and emergency services, and these cities are right to collect taxes to offset these costs.
The story says “most tourists left positive ratings.” That matters, right?
Thousands of people had a good experience, and got the service of their choice. All these tourists spent money in New York City, giving work to locals.
Any deception or illegality is not O.K., of course. And any externalities should be fully charged for. Most of my Airbnb experiences have been positive, and not replicable by hotels.
David Roseberry, 66, Kennewick, Wash.
Now that we’re retired, my wife and I like to travel, most often in Europe and usually for at least six weeks.
Hotels don’t cater to our needs. They insist on supplying maid service or baggage services and a 24-hour desk that we don’t need or want. They don’t have kitchens or washing machines. Even so-called suites are tiny.
So what are you supposed to do if you want to stay in a place for a week or two? The Airbnbs that we typically rent are not less expensive than a hotel room nearby, but you can get a living space where you can live normally.
I’ve had more negative experiences with Airbnb than positive ones.
The worst was a nightmare in Florence with disgusting stained furniture that you could actually see in the dim gray light of the cavern they called a living space. The pictures on Airbnb were astoundingly gorgeous, but it was a total scam.
Long live real hotels!
Having used Airbnb all over the country, I have mixed feelings about Airbnb.
I can’t afford nice hotels and I enjoy using Airbnb to stay in residential neighborhoods, where I can shop and cook. The hosts have almost always been interesting folks who live on the premises.
But I live in downtown Manhattan, where many rentals are out of sight. I see loads of people trundling up and down the sidewalks with their suitcases. I lament that neighborhoods lose their character and that realtors might be buying up apartments with no care about that.
David DiRoma, 65, Baldwinsville, N.Y.
When Airbnb first started, I thought that the “sharing society” idea was a great one.
Someone with an extra bedroom in their home or apartment could rent it out periodically to a short-term visitor who needed a bed for a night or two. The owner was on the premises. The renter saved a few bucks, and the owner and local government made a few bucks.
Unfortunately, once the smart operators figured out there was serious dough to be made, the whole thing left a sour taste.
Wayne Chen, 26, New York City
Airbnb is a fabulous way to help defer the cost of a vacation. I’ve hosted guests in my room before while I’ve been on vacation (with my roommates here), or vice versa while my roommates have been on vacation. I also personally prefer Airbnbs over hotels since they feel more personal, and also often come with a nice amenities like a kitchen.
I think large-scale commercial hosts like these give Airbnb a bad name. Let’s crack down on this practice, but I’d hate to lose Airbnb to a few bad apples.
管家婆一句话中特“……” 【安】【格】【斯】【微】【笑】，“【因】【为】【我】【必】【须】【保】【证】【她】【的】【愉】【悦】【心】【情】，【您】【知】【道】【的】，【一】【个】【人】【若】【是】【心】【情】【不】【好】，【做】【什】【么】【事】【都】【不】【会】【成】【功】【的】。” 【看】【到】【他】【这】【么】【护】【着】【凯】【瑟】【琳】，【连】【骂】【都】【骂】【不】【得】，【宋】【矜】【又】【忍】【不】【住】【挑】【眉】。 【其】【实】【她】【骂】【凯】【瑟】【琳】【小】【胖】【妞】【也】【没】【什】【么】【恶】【意】，【就】【是】【觉】【得】【凯】【瑟】【琳】【白】【白】【嫩】.【嫩】【的】，【逗】【起】【来】【挺】【好】【玩】【的】，【哪】【像】【塞】【尔】，【跟】【个】【木】【头】【似】【的】，【不】
【身】【为】【一】【地】【领】【主】【和】【执】【政】【官】，【郑】【杰】【和】【司】【徒】【雅】【躲】【在】【一】【旁】【偷】【偷】【听】【着】【食】【客】【们】【的】【点】【评】，【司】【徒】【雅】【还】【偷】【偷】【咽】【了】【口】【口】【水】。 “【你】【想】【吃】【吗】？【我】【给】【你】【买】【一】【块】？” “【咳】……【我】【们】【是】【来】【考】【察】【的】，【不】【是】【来】【吃】【东】【西】【的】。” “【不】【能】【实】【际】【买】【来】【尝】【尝】【吗】？” “【也】【不】【是】……” 【闻】【到】【糕】【点】【的】【香】【味】，【司】【徒】【雅】【的】【决】【心】【瞬】【间】【动】【摇】【了】。 【不】【过】【男】【人】【们】【付】【账】
【乐】【乐】【从】【鬼】【门】【关】【走】【了】【一】【遭】，【再】【次】【回】【到】【他】【们】【的】【身】【边】，【这】【对】【于】【他】【们】【来】【讲】，【无】【疑】【是】【一】【份】【恩】【赐】。 【许】【星】【然】【之】【前】【悬】【着】【的】【那】【颗】【心】，【总】【算】【是】【可】【以】【尘】【埃】【落】【定】【了】。 【看】【到】【护】【士】【推】【着】【乐】【乐】【从】【急】【诊】【室】【里】【走】【出】【来】，【许】【星】【然】【激】【动】【的】【迎】【了】【上】【来】，【望】【着】【躺】【在】【病】【床】【上】，【双】【颊】【绯】【红】，【面】【色】【苍】【白】【的】【乐】【乐】，【许】【星】【然】【满】【是】【心】【疼】【的】【抚】【摸】【着】【乐】【乐】【的】【额】【头】，【为】【自】【己】【的】【不】【尽】【责】
2019-20【赛】【季】CBA【常】【规】【赛】【第】【四】【轮】【全】【面】【开】【战】，【在】【率】【先】【进】【行】【的】【一】【场】【比】【赛】【中】，【辽】【宁】【男】【篮】【以】114【比】89【大】【比】【分】【战】【胜】【八】【一】【男】【篮】，【取】【得】【两】【连】【胜】，【同】【时】【送】【给】【八】【一】【队】4【连】【败】。【众】【所】【周】【知】，【辽】【宁】【男】【篮】【正】【处】【动】【荡】【之】【中】，【球】【队】【磨】【合】【的】【不】【顺】【畅】，【史】【蒂】【芬】【森】【专】【注】【于】【个】【人】【突】【破】，【一】【旦】【打】【无】【球】，【他】【就】【待】【在】【原】【地】【不】【知】【道】【该】【怎】【么】【办】，【要】【知】【道】【师】【弟】【没】【有】【很】【强】【的】【干】【拔】【三】【分】【能】【力】；【郭】【艾】【伦】【因】【为】【在】【男】【篮】【世】【界】【杯】【期】【间】【低】【迷】【的】【表】【现】，【遭】【到】【媒】【体】【和】【球】【迷】【的】【口】【诛】【笔】【伐】，【到】【现】【在】【都】【没】【有】【找】【回】【状】【态】。管家婆一句话中特**【的】【信】【息】【规】【则】【再】【一】【次】【开】【始】【分】【析】【吉】【塔】【利】【信】【息】，【如】【果】【把】【情】【景】【设】【置】【在】【两】【天】【前】【的】【人】【类】【世】【界】，【这】【句】【话】【就】【非】【常】【应】【景】【了】。 “【啊】～【说】【起】【来】【这】【件】【事】【还】【是】【你】【起】【的】【头】【啊】！”**【感】【叹】【道】。 【看】【见】【吉】【塔】【利】【突】【然】【出】【现】，【德】【雷】【克】【也】【调】【侃】【道】：“【说】【起】【来】【还】【真】【是】【打】【脸】【啊】！【曾】【经】【人】【人】【得】【而】【诛】【之】【的】【叛】【徒】，【现】【在】【却】【成】【了】【最】【有】【先】【见】【之】【明】【的】【智】【者】，【那】【些】【自】【以】【为】【是】
“【山】【德】【鲁】【大】【师】，【你】【知】【道】【这】【个】【遗】【迹】【的】【来】【历】【吗】？” 【丁】【风】【他】【们】【沿】【着】【魔】【法】【屏】【蔽】【后】【的】【通】【道】，【走】【了】【很】【长】【一】【段】【路】。【终】【于】【在】【路】【的】【尽】【头】，【看】【到】【了】【一】【处】【城】【堡】【的】【遗】【迹】。 【山】【德】【鲁】【摇】【了】【摇】【头】【说】【道】：“【这】【个】【城】【堡】【遗】【迹】【很】【奇】【怪】，【有】【被】【人】【强】【行】【改】【造】【的】【痕】【迹】。【我】【无】【法】【看】【出】【它】【的】【来】【历】。” 【丁】【风】【把】【目】【光】【看】【向】【佐】【克】【利】，【这】【种】【遗】【迹】【中】【的】【风】【险】，【可】【不】【仅】【来】【自】【暗】
【易】【时】【爷】【爷】【易】【千】【元】【虽】【然】【是】【八】【十】【大】【寿】，【但】【是】【因】【为】【易】【千】【元】【向】【来】【崇】【尚】【低】【调】【节】【俭】，【所】【以】【只】【是】【在】【简】【单】【宴】【请】【了】【几】【个】【亲】【朋】【好】【友】，【并】【没】【有】【大】【肆】【的】【铺】【张】。 【当】【天】，【易】【家】【的】【大】【院】【来】【了】【不】【少】【的】【亲】【朋】【好】【友】，【虽】【说】【一】【切】【从】【简】，【但】【是】【该】【有】【的】【也】【是】【不】【能】【少】【的】，【礼】【数】【做】【得】【很】【是】【周】【到】。 【顾】【忆】【在】【院】【子】【里】【招】【呼】【客】【人】，【看】【到】【赵】【家】【一】【家】【子】【笑】【盈】【盈】【满】【身】【喜】【气】【的】【走】【了】【过】【来】
【至】【于】【这】【些】【个】【阴】【暗】【面】【究】【竟】【是】【无】【伤】【大】【雅】【的】【小】【毛】【病】【还】【是】【事】【关】【大】【局】【的】【大】【问】【题】，【她】【就】【不】【得】【而】【知】【了】。 【于】【是】【祁】【辰】【跳】【过】【了】【这】【个】【话】【题】：“【除】【了】【这】【个】【南】【阳】【知】【府】，【南】【阳】【城】【还】【有】【什】【么】【其】【他】【需】【要】【关】【注】【的】【事】【情】【吗】？” “【有】！”【季】【书】【玄】【肯】【定】【地】【点】【头】，【旋】【即】【压】【低】【了】【声】【音】【道】：“【就】【是】【我】【刚】【刚】【提】【到】【的】【苗】【人】！” “【他】【们】【都】【住】【在】【城】【南】，【那】【里】【有】【一】【个】【古】【井】【巷】