Doorbell Footage Shows Patriotic Airbnb Guest Untangling American Flag

A Ring security camera captured footage of an Airbnb guest untangling an American flag, the New York Post reported.

The U.S. Marine was staying at a property in Oakhurst, California, when he discovered the tangled flag. He jumped on the porch’s railing and untangled the flag. As a result of this patriotic act, the Airbnb owner offered him an extra night’s stay at no charge, the New York Post reported. (RELATED: Video Shows ‘Reckless’ Airbnb Party Going Rogue, Triggers Rental Company To Crack Down On Guest)

After last year’s record low, a Gallup poll revealed that 69% of Americans are now either “extremely proud” or “very proud” to be an American. This comes after a Gallup poll in 2019 which showed that only 63% of Americans felt that way. However, even with the increase in this year’s poll, those who feel they are proud to be American has dropped significantly.

Since 2001, support levels have been at 70% or higher for every year up until 2019. Support reached its apex in the years after the September 11 terrorist attacks. Approximately 90% of Americans between 2002 and 2004 felt they were extremely or very proud. This included approximately 70% who classified themselves as extremely proud.

Airbnb also announced that they would offer free temporary housing across the world for 20,000 Afghan Refugees. That offer comes after the United States officially started to exit the country after 20 years of war.





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Michigan May Join Arizona, Florida in Limiting Local Control of Short-Term Rentals

LANSING, Mich.—Michigan may soon become the latest of a handful of vacation destination states to enact laws protecting the short-term residential rental industry.

Since the advent of online booking and collection services such as Airbnb and VRBO, short-term rentals have become big business in states like Arizona, Florida, Idaho, and Tennessee, all of which have used state law to keep municipalities from banning or over-regulating short-term rental properties.

The popularity of short-term rentals is evident in places like Miami, Florida, and Scottsdale, Arizona. According to realtor.com, Miami has 10,024 active short-term rentals, while Scottsdale has 5,178. In Michigan, there were more than 17,000 short-term rentals operating through big agencies in 2019, a number which has grown substantially every year since.

A short-term rental is defined as the renting of a single-family home for a period of 30 days or less. It can range from a spare bedroom to an apartment, condo, or lavish beach house. They are commonly used for vacation retreats, and as temporary living quarters for visiting professionals, or by new hires arriving in a new community.

The explosive growth of short-term rentals has provoked controversy, pitting the rights of the individual homeowner to do with his property as he pleases, against the rights of his neighbor to the quiet enjoyment of his property.

Recently, a homeowner in St. Clair Shores, Michigan, who rented out his house short-term, was criminally charged by the city with operating a business in an area not zoned for rentals. This incident is seen by many, including Michigan think tank the Mackinac Center, and Michigan Realtors, who both became involved in the case, as an impetus for the new legislation.

The proposed law, Michigan Senate Bill 446, states that a short-term residential rental counts as residential, not commercial, use of a property. It declares that short-term rentals are to be considered a permitted use in all residential zones and are not subject to special-use or conditional-use permits different from those required for other dwellings in the same zone.

While preserving the power of a municipality to regulate public safety and health through ordinances governing noise, signage, and traffic, “or any other condition that may create a nuisance,” the bill demands that the rules must be consistently applied to all dwellings in the community. This clause prohibits local governments from imposing special ordinances specific to short-term rentals, such as a limit on the number of bedrooms, a limit on the number of people who can sleep in a bedroom, and the requirement of indoor parking.

Holly Tatman, a village manager in a Michigan lakeside resort community told the Epoch Times, “It’s odd that state government is coming down on the side of deregulation. They are usually the big regulators. This bill is tying the community’s hands. It takes away local control.”

The Michigan Municipal League (MML), a major opponent of the legislation, said in a statement, “Long-term residents deserve to have their property rights protected too…[the bill] completely strips municipalities of reasonable zoning regulations.”

The MML cited the experience of Sedona, Arizona, which, it said, saw one-third of its housing convert to short-term rentals following deregulation similar to that proposed in Michigan. The organization says the trend contributed to a shortage of affordable housing.

On the other hand, the Michigan Realtors, strong supporters of the new legislation, contend that short-term rentals contribute to the rise in property values in a community, and that only the well-maintained operations succeed in the marketplace.

Michigan Realtors vice-president of public policy and legal affairs, Brad Ward, told the Epoch Times, “At the heart of this bill is the protection of private property rights.”

The principal sponsors of the bill are Senator Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton) and Representative Sarah Lightner (R-Springport). The legislation has been forwarded out of committee with a recommendation of approval in the Senate. The bill has been referred for its second reading in the House. No date has been set for a vote by the full legislature.



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Video Shows ‘Reckless’ Airbnb Party Going Rogue, Triggers Rental Company To Crack Down On Guest

Home and vacation rental company Airbnb will pursue legal action against guests who completely trashed a house in North Dallas, Texas, by throwing a wild party.  

Airbnb spokesman Ben Breit told CBS 11 News in a statement Friday that the violence and disrespect shown to the home is “completely unacceptable” and that the company “will pursue legal claims and damages against the booking guest who held this reckless event, in addition to a lifetime ban from our community.”

A viral video shows party guests in North Dallas acting in an unruly manner, bashing televisions, kicking in doors, destroying walls and turning over furniture. Red Solo cups litter the floor and lawn, and shouts from the rowdy partiers are heard in the video. 

Daj Williams allegedly attended the party and posted the videos online, claiming that chaos ensued after the people who rented the home said that they were ready for bed and the party had ended.

“This is exactly why I don’t go to parties!” Williams wrote. 

 

The statement also noted Airbnb has suspended the listing for the time being, and is working with local law enforcement and the Neighborhood Support Line to investigate the incident.  (RELATED: REPORT: Airbnb Paid Woman Millions To Keep Her Quiet After She Was Allegedly Raped In Rental)

Airbnb currently has a party ban in place which was first introduced in August 2020 due to COVID-19 and capped rental occupancies at 16 people. The ban was extended in May through the end of the summer, though many of the company’s rentals already prohibit large gatherings.



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Virginia Beach postpones short-term rental regulation vote

A vote on prospective Virginia Beach regulations that would limit opportunities for Airbnb and other short-term rentals was postponed until July 6 by the City Council.

The City Council listened to speakers on both sides of the issue Tuesday night during a lengthy discussion. Some supporters of the ordinance represented neighborhood groups that complained about loud noise and other nuisances in properties used as short-term rentals. Some opponents of the restrictions were property owners who rent out homes for short-term periods. They called for a compromise without overrestricting the rentals and limiting options for tourists.

Airbnb and similar rentals often are homes rented out as an alternative to staying in a hotel.

Under the proposed zoning changes, a person would not be able to open new short-term rentals in parts of Shore Drive, Oceanfront and North End. There also would be limits on the number of rentals in certain neighborhoods: North End would be limited to 10.6% of its homes being used as short-term rentals and East Shore Drive would be limited to 11.5% of its total homes.

Short-term rentals in some areas would have limits on the number of contractors they can have every week and would be subject to new health and safety rules.





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Drunk teen breaks into Airbnb — being rented by cops

A drunken teen in Milwaukee broke into an Airbnb and passed out — only to wake up and find the rental was occupied by three out-of-town sheriff’s deputies. 

The Montana lawmen, who were in town for emergency vehicle training and had been sleeping, got up and saw the back door of the property open. When they went upstairs, they found the 19-year-old man knocked out cold in one of the beds, they explained in a Friday TikTok video.  

“This silly guy found the one Airbnb in all of downtown Milwaukee, Wisconsin, loaded with cops,” one of the deputies said in the viral video. 

“He woke up in handcuffs.” 

The cops called 911 to report the intruder, who explained to Milwaukee police that he had no idea where he was and where he’d come from. 

“No, this is a first for that, I’ve woken up in random places,” the teen said in the video in a groggy voice. 

Local cops removed the teen from the property, but he didn’t face any charges or citations. Authorities told WKYT that he was just drunk and stumbled into the wrong home. 

Charles Pesola, one of the out-of-town deputies, said the teen was actually lucky he broke into a home with cops. 

“What if that dude stumbled into a bed with a kid or my wife? I mean, it could have been a different morning, right?” he told the outlet. “So, wrong place, wrong time [but] lucky place, lucky time, that there’s dudes that actually know how to handle that.”

He explained that he filmed a TikTok about the experience because he’s trying to show a kinder side of police and that officers are real people just like everybody else. 

“Cops have a hard time right now,” he explained. 

“And when they can see we’re still having fun and still real people and we’re good, it’s a good thing.”





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Ezra Levant reacts to Montreal police raid on Rebel News Airbnb

This past weekend, Rebel News assembled a large team to cover protests against COVID restrictions in Montreal, Quebec this weekend, after our reporters were given a difficult time by police. But before our team could head to the protest, the Montreal Police Service showed up and demanded to search the large Airbnb houseboat we were using as a base of operations.

Rebel boss Ezra Levant refused to allow the officers aboard, telling them that he wouldn’t let them to search the premises without a warrant. When the police realized that their approach had failed, they then deemed the area a crime scene.

Having returned from Montreal back to Toronto today, Ezra shared his reaction on today’s Rebel News DAILY Livestream. Watch above, and see what he had to say while we continue to prepare our full-length story on the day’s events. 





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50 Armed Police Raid Rebel News Reporters Airbnb, Arrest Them for ‘Illegal Gathering’ (VIDEOS)




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BREAKING: Rebel News reporters arrested in Montreal, AirBnB raided

 

 

 

 

Montreal police have raided the Airbnb where Rebel News reporters have been staying to report on the curfew and the lockdown in Quebec. 

Calgary based Rebel reporter, Keean Bexte, tweeted that he had been arrested. 

Rebel Commander Ezra Levant tweeted a video Saturday morning that showed Levant providing his name to police and promising to sue the force for assault and false arrest. 

Rebel News reporters have previously been arrested ticketed and detained by Montreal police. 

Levant explains that 17 Rebel reporters from across the country are currently in Montreal in response to the ongoing harassment of Rebel News’ Montreal-based reporter Yanky Pollak by police. Montreal police have been caught on video using racial slurs directed at Rebel News reporters. 

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