Airbnb Settles with Boston and Accepts Short-Term Rental Registry – NBC Boston

Airbnb will cooperate with the Boston Short-Term Rental Registry, which requires people renting their homes through apps to register with the city, Mayor Marty Walsh said Thursday.

Airbnb had fought with Boston in court over the city’s ordinance passed last year.

As part of the settlement announced Thursday, Airbnb will remove listings from its site that Boston says violate its short-term rental rules and will share those rules with hosts, who will also have a way to share the registration number that they get from Boston. This number will be posted on the lists by December 1st.

The short-term rental giant also agreed to share listing data with the city, Walsh’s office said.

Walsh’s goal has been a “balance between preserving housing and allowing Bostonians to benefit from this new industry,” he said in a statement, adding that he was pleased to have concluded. the rule.

Under the short-term rental ordinance, hosts pay an annual fee of $25 if they rent a private room or shared space or $200 if they rent an apartment or house.

An Airbnb representative said the San Francisco-based company’s goal is to find a way forward for home sharing in Boston.

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