Airbnb offers lots of potential benefits to renters and boarders alike. But what started out as a mom-and-pop business - a way for travelers to find more diversity in short-stay options and perhaps even a more cozy away-from-home environment - seems to have morphed into a multinational corporate model that can sometimes trample the rights of the neighbors of Airbnb renters and even whole cities.
Don’t get me wrong, I am not a rabid anti-Airbnb opponent. In fact, many of my personal friends make use of the service and love it. But it has its drawbacks, and it is worth being aware of them.