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The Portland Press Herald reported recently that Airbnb continues to grow in popularity in Maine, with 280,000 people booking short-term rentals via the online booking site last year, a 62% jump over 2016. Those who rented out their homes or apartments earned a combined $43 million, the newspaper reported — which was $17 million more than in 2016, enabling the typical host to earn $6,900. The growth in the popularity is spurring some communities, including Portland and South Portland, to consider tighter regulations, including licensing Airbnb hosts and banning “unhosted” short-term rentals in all residential zones.
Do you favor greater regulation of Airbnb short-term rentals and HomeAway vacation rentals?