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Athens News Matters: ACC Commission on limiting Airbnbs

Airbnb's logo displayed on a computer screen in Paris
Lionel Bonaventure
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Airbnb's logo displayed on a computer screen in Paris

Airbnbs have revolutionized the travel industry, and have been a windfall for many property owners. But now, these unregulated lodgings are impacting access to affordable housing, and Athens Clarke County Commissioners are discussing ways to limit their numbers.   

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  • For freelancers and artists living in expensive cities like New York, the home-sharing site Airbnb has become a way to subsidize their rents. It's also often illegal. With the site's users in the crosshairs of New York's attorney general, and questions elsewhere, some now wonder if the good times are going to end.
  • Consumers want more options than the standard queen room. That's driven hotel chains into the home-rental business, while Airbnb is looking to make inroads into the hotel business.