The Easiest Way to Regulate airbnb ?

Editor’s Note For the past 3 years I have been tracking the growth of airbnb and the attempts by various cities to appropriately regulate it. My thinking has evolved over time. The recent political activist tactics used by airbnb to defeat Proposition F in San Francisco caused me to re-think my assumptions. I recommend approach […]

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Encouraging Registration and Compliance

After a city introduces a new and reasonable licensing process for airbnb, additional action must be taken to encourage registration and compliance. Experience in Portland, Oregon has shown that hosts who have been operating illegally will not automatically register. Here are some suggestions: Collection and Use of Hotel Tax Have airbnb collect and pay the […]

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About Home Inspections

It seems prudent to require a basic home inspection as part of the licensing process. Such inspections are required in Portland, Oregon and Austin, Texas. The inspections can be conducted by City personnel or by a third-party contractor. The cost of the inspection should be covered in the license fee. The inspections for airbnb host-resident […]

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The Smallest First Step

If the stakeholders in your city are at war over “to airbnb” or “not to airbnb”, it is sometimes wise to start by focusing on the smallest first step — airbnb host-resident “Private Room” Rentals in single family homes with a maximum of 1 or 2 bedrooms. Many airbnb hosts fall into this category and […]

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Why Requiring Permit Numbers to Appear in Online Advertising Is So Important

Having Permit #’s appear in online advertising helps with enforcement and compliance. Much to their credit airbnb has added a field to their listings for “Permit Number”. The host enters this under the option for “Terms”. When entered, the Permit Number appears to the guest as the last option under “Pricing”. Portland, Oregon and Austin, […]

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Develop Your airbnb Policy in 2 or 3 Phases

Consider developing your city’s short-term rental policy in two or three phases. Phase 1: Focus on airbnb host-resident “private room” rentals in single-family homes This is generally the area that airbnb and airbnb hosts care about the most. (You may want to create an exception for airbnb “hybrid hosts” who want to rent out their property when […]

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