91% Agree in New Poll: Regulate Airbnb

Overwhelming Majority of Americans Believe Short-Term Rentals Should be Regulated

A recent poll asked a diverse group of 1,000 adults proportionate to the population across the United States about their views of commercial operators running illegal hotels on websites like Airbnb.

No surprise here, the respondents essentially said “if it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it should pay taxes and follow regulations like a duck.”

When it comes to people and companies that make a living renting out apartments or houses on a short-term, sometimes nightly, basis on rental sites like Airbnb and VRBO:

  • 91% of respondents agreed that they SHOULD be required to follow local and community zoning, health and safety laws.
  • 87% of respondents agreed that they SHOULD be subject to the same fire and safety laws as a hotel.
  • 85% of respondents agreed that they SHOULD be required to register with the appropriate agencies in the city and pay taxes.
  • 71% of respondents agreed that they SHOULD be required to provide access for the disabled in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, in the same manner required of hotels.
  • 62% of respondents said they SHOULD NOT be able to factor in personal information like race, religion, sexual orientation, disability or age, when deciding whether or not to rent their property to a specific person.

The verdict is clear! Residents don’t like illegal hotels popping up all over their neighborhoods — they want oversight, accountability, and enforcement.

Mayors, now’s the time to take action!