The Legal Paradox Facing Airbnb And Similar Sharing Sites

The Legal Paradox Facing Airbnb And Similar Sharing Sites

An author and attorney believes that a more shareable law is needed in society.

Emma Hutchings
  • 12 august 2011

Last week it became apparent that short-term property rentals, like the kind offered on Airbnb and similar sites,  violate the planning code in many cities including San Francisco, New York and Santa Cruz, as properties leased for less than 30 days require permits and are subject to hotel fees and other taxes.

Janelle Orsi, a writer and attorney from California, has written an interesting article about the legal aspect of sharing your home and belongings. She believes legal space should be made for certain income-generating activities such as short-term rentals because they may benefit the economy. She writes:

It would not be a stretch for any city to step up and explicitly recognize our rights to have occasional paid guests. It would be a nice step toward re-introducing sharing into the fabric of our communities, which all cities should make a priority.



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