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66 US Cities Allow Minimally Regulated Homesharing

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Clean-up of a bedroom in the home of an Airbnb host, in preparation for guests in Las Vegas. (John Locher/AP)

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Friday, 28 Jul 2017 10:10 AM Current | Bio | Archive

Among the nation’s largest 100 cities, 66 currently allow homesharing through services such as Airbnb with minimal regulation. In contrast, all 100 now allow ridesharing services such as those offered by Uber and Lyft.

The difference can be traced to the fact that states generally play a larger role in transportation policy, while local governments have a larger say in housing matters. Currently, 47 states preempt local regulations on ridesharing. Florida and New York joined this list earlier this year.

However, when it comes to homesharing, only Arizona, Florida, and New York have passed statewide regulations.

Airbnb argues that its service allows travelers to cut costs by staying in private homes rather than hotels and other traditional accommodations. The company also says that its hosts are able to use excess capacity in their homes, apartments, and other properties to earn money. The American Hotel & Lodging Association (AHLA), a hotel industry group representing 54,200 hotels and inns, has complained that a significant portion of Airbnb's revenue came from hosts engaged in commercial activities rather than rentals done on a sporadic basis. The report also found that hosts listing units for at least 360 days during the period from October 2014 to September 2015 were 3.5 percent of the company's hosts but generated 26 percent of the revenue.

For information on the city-by-city status for homesharing regulations, click here.

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