Major Reservations: Why Cities Are Worried About Airbnb
Lawmakers are grappling with how to legitimize a business that creates opportunities but also causes problems. While the service provides extra income for residents and cheaper accommodations for travelers, it can also create issues for neighbors and landlords. Using Airbnb in San Francisco and New York may not be so breezy by the end of this year. Right now, a visitor can hop on the site, find an apartment or house that a local isn’t using and click “Book It.” A few housekeeping matters later, a tourist has connected with someone willing to share their home, that host has made some extra money and Airbnb has taken a slice.