Sacramento City Officials Discuss Regulating Airbnb

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Sacramento city officials held the first public discussion Tuesday about regulating Airbnb, the San Francisco-based home rental smart phone app.

With more than 500 Airbnb hosts in Sacramento, city staff member David Kwong says taxing hosts would benefit the city.

"It's making sure we're addressing noise, parking other operational issues," Kwong said.

In a law and legislation meeting Tuesday, Kwong also recommended that city officials require Airbnb hosts renting for more than 30 days a year to obtain a business license in addition to paying taxes like any other hotel or bed and breakfast.

A spokesperson with the State Hotel & Lodging Association told FOX40 that, "Wisitor safety is an issue that is very important. From fire alarms and smoke detectors to pool safety and security. Not to mention being adequately covered by insurance. The hotel and lodging industry is interested in a level playing field, where all lodging providers adhere to local ordinances."

City council members sent staff back to gather more research before taking steps towards regulating Airbnb and other home sharing websites and apps.

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