AirbnbWATCH is a project of American Family Voices, bringing together a collection of organizations dedicated to a common goal: Protect communities and travelers by exposing commercial operators who use sites like Airbnb to run illegal hotels in residential properties under the radar and by making sure all hotel businesses play by the same rules.
Commercial landlords are increasingly using short-term rental sites like Airbnb to rent out multiple residential properties year-round, just like a hotel, while avoiding regulation and taxes. And while this may drive huge revenues for companies like Airbnb, unregulated hotels operated in residential properties are disruptive to communities and pose serious safety concerns for guests and neighbors.
We are urging state and local governments to take action to protect communities and ensure a fair travel marketplace by closing the “illegal hotel loophole” by making sure all lodging businesses are playing by the same rules.
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