- ‘Bachelor’ contestant apologizes for ‘White Lives Matter’ photo shoot Today 12:13 AM
- ‘Sonic The Hedgehog’ sets box office record for video game movies Sunday 8:15 PM
- Truck driver allegedly watching porn kills teen driver in a car crash Sunday 6:44 PM
- Is the Buttigieg campaign behind this pro-Pete Nigerian Twitter account? Sunday 4:58 PM
- Mask that has your face printed on it allows you to unlock your phone during viral epidemics Sunday 3:52 PM
- Justin Bieber slid into the DMs of someone who hated his new album Sunday 1:05 PM
- HQ Trivia host and co-founder in Twitter feud amid shutdown Sunday 12:10 PM
- YouTuber shamed for fake call with Caroline Flack after her death Sunday 10:59 AM
- This MAGA-loving Keanu Reeves imposter isn’t fooling anyone Sunday 10:16 AM
- How to watch ‘Outlander’ season 5 online Sunday 8:00 AM
- Kobe Bryant’s complicated online legacy isn’t buried with him Sunday 6:00 AM
- TikTok teen’s reaction to discovering boyfriend’s cheating goes viral Saturday 4:46 PM
- This may be the creepiest Amazon review you’ll ever read Saturday 3:58 PM
- Bill Maher booed on own show over defense of Bloomberg Saturday 3:37 PM
- The Sun allegedly deletes negative Caroline Flack story after her death Saturday 2:48 PM
Oakland resident evicted so landlord could turn home into an Airbnb
The Bay Area’s fight between residents and Airbnb continues.
Oakland, Calif., is in the throes of a painful transformation: The city is gentrifying rapidly, a huge inflow of tech money pushing rents and the cost of living on an upward trajectory. Proponents argue it increases the communities’ standards of living—but for those not on six-figure salaries, there’s the constant fear of being priced out of your home. (House prices in the area have risen a shocking 120 percent in the last four years alone.)
One piece of proof of the negative impact that this gentrification is having came yesterday from freelance journalist Aaron Mendelson. He posted a letter from his landlord informing him that he was being evicted, so that his landlord could “[pursue] new experiences and greater riches” by renting out the apartment on short-term rental site Airbnb.
Dated from September, it’s not clear whether or not the landlord was ultimately successful in ejecting his tenant and taking “the plunge into the ‘sharing economy’”—though Mendelson has confirmed he no longer lives there.
The Bay Area remains locked in a battle with Airbnb. Proponents of the coming “Airbnb law” argue the company is taking the city’s affordable housing and turning it into unregulated getaways for visitors. Residents are trying to fight the company’s spread, saying its turning their communities into temporary rentals instead of homes for year-round, interested owners.
Photo via Jay Galvin/Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Rob Price is a technology and politics reporter who served as the U.K.-based morning editor for the Daily Dot until 2014. He now works as the news editor for Business Insider, and his work has appeared in Vice, Slate, the Washington Post, and the Independent.