Airbnb Settles With Boston, Agrees to Short-Term Rental Registry - NBC10 Boston

Airbnb Settles With Boston, Agrees to Short-Term Rental Registry

Walsh's goal has been a "balance between preserving housing and allowing Bostonians to benefit from this new industry," he said

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    Airbnb Settles With Boston, Agrees to Short-Term Rental Registry
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    Airbnb will cooperate with Boston's short-term rental registry, which requires people renting out their homes through apps to register with the city, Mayor Marty Walsh said Thursday.

    Airbnb had been battling with Boston in court over the city ordinance passed last year.

    Under the settlement announced Thursday, Airbnb will remove listings from its site that Boston says violate its short-term rental rules and share those rules with hosts, who will also have a way to share the registration number they get from Boston. That number will be displayed on listings by Dec. 1.

    The short-term rental giant also agreed to share data about listings with the city, Walsh's office said.

    Boston Cracks Down on Investor-Owned Short Term Rentals

    [NECN] Boston Cracks Down on Investor-Owned Short Term Rentals

    The Boston City Council on Wednesday passed regulations aimed at cracking down on investors who buy housing units to list on short-term rental platforms like Airbnb. The regulations, first proposed by Democratic Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, would ban investors from renting apartments by the night.

    (Published Wednesday, June 13, 2018)

    Walsh's goal has been a "balance between preserving housing and allowing Bostonians to benefit from this new industry," he said in a statement, adding that he was pleased to reach the settlement.

    Under the short-term rental ordinance, hosts pay an annual fee of $25 if renting out a private room or shared space or $200 if renting out an apartment or home.

    An Airbnb representative said the San Francisco-based company's goal was to find a path forward for home sharing in Boston.


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