From The Hill, October 24, 2014
On the topic of zoning laws, Airbnb does lead to commercial activity being conducted in residentially zoned areas. It also allows homeowners living in those areas the ability to make extra money off of their unused space. It’s a trade-off. It’s especially fallacious to say that strong zoning laws help residents “support families,” when extra rental income would also help residents support their families. It’s quite possible that some residents could reasonably want to keep their neighborhoods clear of short-term renters, but if that’s the case, let them vote that way. It’s more likely that they want to make some money.