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