Airbnb acquires Urbandoor to expand its corporate client business



Airbnb last week acquired a platform called Urbandoor that offers extended stays for corporate clients. Founded in 2015, Urbandoor differentiates itself not just through its focus on business travelers, but also by the fact it deals directly with multifamily building owners instead of renters. The company goes directly to big real estate firms like Greystar, […]

HUD Says Maine Landlord Wouldn’t Allow Disabled Vet to have Assistance Animal



HUD recently charged a Maine landlord with housing discrimination for not allowing a disabled veteran to have an assistance animal in his apartment. According to HUD’s Charge of Discrimination (HUD Charge) against Roderick Apartments, LLC, Jo Roderick told the veteran that once she allowed a tenant to have an assistance animal, and other tenants wanted […]

HUD Charges Idaho Landlord with Familial Status Discrimination



On May 31, 2019, HUD charged the owners and manager of an Idaho rental property with violation of the familial status provisions of the Fair Housing Act (FHA). HUD alleges they refused to rent a home to a couple with seven children. What is Familial Status Discrimination? When first adopted in 1968, the FHA only […]

Jones Lang LaSalle to acquire HFF for $2bn in multifamily sector merger



Investment management firm Jones Lang LaSalle is targeting a bigger share of the multifamily real estate business after announcing plans to acquire commercial services provider HFF Inc. in a $2 billion deal. The proposed deal would see Jones Lang LaSalle snatch up all of HFF’s outstanding shares in a cash plus stock transaction. Jones Lang […]