June 28, 2017

Growth in Airbnb scene raises red flags

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At the Horace Kellogg Homestead Bed and Breakfast on South Pleasant Street in Amherst, visitors since its 2004 opening have had the opportunity to stay in two of the historic home’s bedrooms and enjoy a full morning meal prepared by innkeeper Susan Mallett.

Each year, the 19th century residence gets permits and undergoes a series of local inspections, at a cost of $225, to ensure food is safely handled, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are functioning and customers can exit safely in an emergency.

But then Mallett saw a small but perceptible decline in interest in traditional B&B rooms. So, in February 2016 she took an attached studio apartment, previously a long-term student rental, and began trying her hand at using Airbnb.

She found the digital reservation platform easy and safe to use, Mallett said. “The thing I liked about Airbnb is it’s all private and very secure.”And in […]

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