Readers react to our article on Spokane’s Airbnb policy | Columns & Letters | Spokane | Interior of the Pacific Northwest
Chastity Clark: Are we forgetting the consumer here? Our family couldn’t fit in anything smaller than a suite and it’s a tight fit. We deserve the right to housing that meets our needs. If we want people to visit our city, we need options for everyone. Please stop telling people what to do with their private property and thank you.
Fred DeFord: If there were too many short-term rentals, they would not be rented at all. The market settles down. It is simply additional taxation of a business by the government, and it is not very business friendly.
Erika Deasy: The city probably just wants to know how it can get its share of the gig economy like it did with rideshare drivers. I certainly wouldn’t take multiple properties to make a business out of it, because I have a certain ethic and I hope the city will look more for a compromise.
Lisa Bennett-Hobson: You know, for a lot of people, it helps them keep their permanent home.
Nate Messer: My building is gradually becoming ephemeral. The rent for those of us who stay has gone up four times in the last year. Ridiculous.
Melissa Dobeas: Half of my building is owned by Airbnb. Ridiculous.
Rachel Reisenauer: It’s time they recognized the pressure this is creating – that inventories are being depleted and home values are skyrocketing as people turn homes into profit centers.
Tyron Lindquist: Build new houses and apartments. Anyone can do whatever they want with the property they own.