AirBNB has become widely popular all around the world and for good reason. The prices are much cheaper than a hotel while providing all the amenities of home living. However, cities with high tourist rates are starting to push back at the short term rental system because they are missing out on licensing fees. This can be problematic for all of us travelers.
Santa Monica just convicted one Scott Shatford for breaking the short term rental laws. Shatford claims to make six figures a year running several short term rentals, and pleaded no contest to the charges, paid some $3500 in fines and moved to Denver after the court case. This is becoming a nuanced issued that affects residents on both sides.
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