Unlicensed Airbnb properties popping up throughout RI

By Emily Volz

It could be the water views, or maybe the complimentary cupcakes.

Either way, guests can’t get enough of Cindy Fera’s “Seaside Escape.”

“I started in the summer and that first summer I was booked most weekends and I really enjoyed it,” said Fera. “I’ve loved doing it and it helps me keep my house.”

But running an Airbnb hasn’t been all cupcakes and cash.

Two years ago, the city of Warwick sent Fera a violation notice. She was told she needed to apply for a bed and breakfast permit to continue operating.

“I had four different inspections,” said Fera, recounting the months-long process. “I had to widen my driveway, which I understand and I like it being wide and it’s better in the winter, I had to redo all the alarms.”

In spite of all the hoops she had to jump through, Fera said spending more than $2,000 to make sure her house was up to code was worth it, as she wants to run a legitimate business.

But two years later, she doesn’t understand why more than 20 other Warwick Airbnb hosts weren’t being asked to do the same.

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