Airbnb has said that it cannot go along with requiring homeowners be present, limits on the number of units that can be shared, or allowing building associations to limit or ban the sharing.
“We oppose the substitute ordinance as currently drafted because it creates new barriers for Chicagoans to share their homes and will make it harder for similarly situated families to supplement their incomes and stay in their homes,” Jill Irvin, director of public policy for Airbnb, told aldermen in early May.
“Don’t misunderstand. Airbnb does want to be regulated. But we cannot support excessive regulations that will cost middle-class Chicagoans millions in extra income.”
Emanuel’s plan to regulate and tax Airbnb cleared one legislative hurdle in early May but not another one after the latest in a seemingly endless parade of changes failed to please both sides.