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Raleigh to limit number of guests, rooms Airbnb hosts can have

May 21, 2019

Homeowners in Raleigh who rent out space through companies like Airbnb could lose a source of income under restrictions approved Tuesday by the city.

In just the past calendar year, Airbnb says, hosts in the Triangle earned $18 million and housed 143,000 guests. The company says the average Triangle-area host earns about $6,000 per year.

And to date, there have been no rules to regulate the practice in the City of Raleigh. What there have been are complaints, and those complaints spurred city council to act.

On Tuesday, they approved an ordinance which would:

The city council wants to start enforcing these rules in January 2020.

Syvain Dufour, who rents his property through Airbnb, said the limits are unnecessary.

“If you hear the few people that complain over the years, it’s for the same reasons, and those reasons are already addressed,” he said.

He pointed out that many Raleigh homeowners are already governed by covenant established by the home owners’ association of their neighborhood.

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