N.H. Lawmakers Grapple with Regulation of Airbnb

May 3, 2016

A screenshot of Airbnb rentals in Concord

Worries over lost tax revenue and neighborhood complaints have state and local officials grappling with how to regulate private rentals through online platforms such as Airbnb.

New Hampshire lawmakers are starting with efforts to ensure operators are paying taxes, but some city officials want more say over how and where short-term rentals can operate. Senators will vote Thursday on a bill that would require people to display their tax licensing number on any advertisement for a short-term rental. Paying the tax is already required, but officials say the industry is relatively hidden, making it hard to tell who should pay.

Cities and states nationwide are facing similar challenges of regulating apps like Airbnb and Uber that allow private citizens to provide services once cornered by traditionally regulated and taxed businesses.

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