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Monday, Jan 27, 2020

Airbnb and similar sites don’t show fees upfront. People are mad about it

Properties listed for rent on Airbnb routinely charge cleaning and other fees, some substantial, but such extra costs seldom are factored into the nightly rate that turns up in the initial lodging search, according to an analysis of listings by The Times. Now, lawmakers and consumer groups are pressuring Airbnb, Vrbo and other short-term rental platforms — as well as conventional hotels — to include all mandatory charges such as cleaning and service fees in the advertised nightly rate so that prospective customers can accurately compare prices.