Could Airbnb Regulations Come To The Hudson Valley?
New Airbnb regulations have popped up across the country, and the world, hurting tourism in those areas.
In New York City, San Francisco, Paris, and Japan, Airbnb has wiped thousands of listings to comply with city-specific laws. About 1,000 listings were taken off Airbnb in New York City for a survey after former New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman released a report stating that the majority of listings were illegal, as they did not pay proper taxes. In San Francisco, half of the listings were removed to comply with the new law that requires renters to register their home with the city and pay certain fees. Rental caps and registration rules were introduced in Paris that forced Airbnb to comply. 80% of Airbnb listings were erased in Japan to abide by the home-sharing laws.
Those are just 4 of the major cities that have been affected by Airbnb legal troubles. If some of the biggest cities in the world are cracking down on Airbnb, could the Hudson Valley soon face the same rules?
Local bed and breakfast and hotel owners believe that Airbnb should be forced to comply with the same standards and rules they are, according to Curbed.
According to Curbed, multiple Hudson Valley counties, including Dutchess, reached an agreement about an occupancy tax. Legislation in Beacon was proposed that set certain rental and safety rules, but that failed. Besides the occupancy tax, there are no other regulations in the Hudson Valley regarding Airbnbs/home-sharing.
Lawmakers across the state are trying to create legislation to regulate Airbnb and other home-sharing. While some are trying to crack down, other town leaders believe Airbnb has brought a great deal of tourism to the area.
Confused? I don't blame you. What it boils down to is that no town, county, or state has Airbnb and home-sharing laws figured out. The biggest regulations at the moment are registering your home, but that hasn't affected the Hudson Valley and it's unclear if it will anytime soon. It is likely that there will be some form of regulation coming to Hudson Valley Airbnb, even if it's just safety standards.