Travel upstarts like Airbnb have shaken up the industry. By offering everyday citizens the opportunity to leverage their homes as income streams, Airbnb has created undesired competition for hotels. Similar to ridesharing companies, like Uber and Lyft, government regulators (and special interest lobby groups) have been opposed to these practices.
Recently, there has been increasing pressure pushing back against Airbnb. Across the country, from San Francisco to New York, efforts are underway to “set reasonable rules for those wishing to rent an extra room from time to time, or their entire house while on vacation.”
This week, you can add Des Moines, Iowa to the list of cities in which Airbnb operators are under siege.
City leaders passed restrictions that make it more difficult for homeowners to rent their properties for short periods. Homeowners, who rent their space for fewer than 31 days, must be at home during the rental period; violators face a fine of up to $750.
“Your neighbors you get to know, and they help protect you and keep your neighborhood safe. Bringing in different people you don’t know would diminish that,” said Michelle Olsen, of West Des Moines.
How do you feel about the increasing pressure on Airbnb operators?