California Looks to Regulate airbnb and Other Listing Services

California lawmakers want to regulate home-sharing businesses like Airbnb

From The Sacramento Bee, March 18, 2015

Setting up what could become another big fight over how much to regulate the emerging “sharing economy,” a California senator plans to introduce a bill that would make it easier for cities to collect taxes from homeowners who rent out rooms on Web-based house-sharing services such as Airbnb.

Under Senate Bill 593 by Sen. Mike McGuire, online home-sharing companies would have to make regular reports to cities and counties about which homes in their area are renting rooms, for how many nights and how much money the homeowners are collecting for the short-term rentals. That would make it easier for local governments to collect transient occupancy taxes from the homeowner.