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3 Airnbnb rentals rack up $1 million in fines from city

October 6, 2018

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina man has racked up more than $1 million in city fines for renting properties on short-term rental sites such as Airbnb.

The Ashville Citizen-Times reported Saturday that Reid Thompson is in a protracted zoning battle with the city of Ashville, a hip tourist spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains.

The neighborhood’s residential zoning forbids him from renting his three units on a short-term basis, but he’s doing it anyway. He’s been racking up $1,500 a day in fines for the last two years.

Airbnb is banned in much of Asheville in an effort to preserve affordable housing. But Thompson said traffic from a nearby Whole Foods grocery store makes his properties unattractive to long-term renters.

He wants the city to change the zoning laws in his neighborhood.

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