May 23, 2017

Commencement weekend leads to spike in Airbnb use, press release says



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City Council discusses housing issues at first meeting of 2017 City Council meets to discuss short-term rental regulations City Council to discuss short-term rentals at Thursday meeting Airbnb announced in a press release this past Friday that because of the upcoming UC Berkeley commencement weekend, the company would host more than 44,000 guest nights in Berkeley and Oakland — generating a total of $8 million in economic activity for the two cities.

The legality of “hosting” — temporarily renting your home or room — through companies such as Airbnb in Berkeley is still largely unclear.

According to Simon-Weisberg, in Berkeley, if you have rented your residential unit in the past 10 years it is illegal to host it on Airbnb. While homeowners are allowed to host, the potential host is required to apply for a permit through the city to do so.

The city of Berkeley, however, does not currently have a licensing or permitting process in place for potential hosts to apply through.

According to fellow Rent Board Commissioner Igor Tregub, hosting for Airbnb is indeed “illegal” — […]

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