People in business over the internet like to act like what they are doing is so new and exciting and technologically advanced that the “old rules” no longer apply. Sometimes that’s true (chances are my two-year-old will never know what a “newspaper” is). Sometimes it’s not (paperless office my ass).
But old laws always still apply. Stealing cable (another thing my kid will probably not use) is stealing cable even if you are paying somebody else to steal the cable for you.
For instance, when you rent out your place to somebody else, you become a landlord. It doesn’t matter if you rent it out through AirBnB. AirBnB is just a travel agent (this post should be in a time capsule) with an impressive roster of vacation rentals….
The landlord-tenant relationship can be complicated and varies significantly across different states. But in most states, landlords have rights and responsibilities. And some of those responsibilities can be a goddamn hassle, especially if you end up with a tenant who is well aware of his or her rights. Look, if being a landlord was easy, everyone would do it.
Of course, AirBnB wants everyone to do it, so it kind of downplays the significant legal ramifications of renting out your property. A woman in California who I’m guessing has no formal legal training is now experiencing the downside of having an income property.