But the big issue in Seattle is a prohibition on people offering short-term rentals at properties other than their primary residences.
Sponsors of the proposed law, including Mayor Ed Murray and council member Tim Burgess, say the new restrictions are needed to force property owners to put their units back into the long-term rental housing market, helping alleviate the current shortage. And they say the regulations would only impact a small number of Airbnb operators.
But the company and property owners argue the proposed regulations are unfair and would have virtually no impact on Seattle’s housing stock — because short-term rentals only comprise about 1 percent of the city’s housing inventory.
“We think it’s important as the city council is debating this issue to not legislate to the extremes but to create regulation for the way a vast majority of people are using the Airbnb platform in Seattle,” Rillos said.