Growing political support for regulating Airbnbs and other rentals in Maine

During a housing shortage in Maine, a new target has emerged among Democratic candidates for the legislature: Airbnb and other short-term rentals.

Several Democratic candidates for the Legislature responded to a Bangor Daily News candidate poll saying they support regulating short-term rentals to deal with the housing crisis. And many Republicans agree, even with high-level members open to change.

This bipartisan interest comes amid concerns that short-term rentals increase the cost and decrease the availability of long-term rentals in Maine, a phenomenon confirmed in several national studies. Although previous attempts at regulation have failed in the Legislative Assembly, this could be a sign of changes to come next year.

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