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What legal and regulatory issues should I consider before hosting on Airbnb?

When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it's important for you to understand how the laws work in your city.

Some municipalities have laws that restrict your ability to host paying guests for short periods. These laws are often part of a municipality's zoning or administrative codes. In many municipalities, you must register, get a permit or obtain a licence before you list your property or accept guests. Certain types of short-term bookings may be prohibited altogether. Local governments vary greatly in how they enforce these laws. Penalties may include fines or other enforcement.

These rules can be confusing. We're working with governments around the world to clarify these rules so that everyone has a clear understanding of what the laws are.

In some tax jurisdictions, Airbnb will take care of calculating, collecting and remitting local occupancy tax on your behalf. Occupancy tax is calculated differently in every jurisdiction, and we’re moving as quickly as possible to extend this benefit to more hosts around the globe.

In the meantime, please review your local laws before listing your space on Airbnb. More information about your municipality's laws and regulations may be available on our Responsible Hosting page in the Your Municipality's Regulations section.

By accepting our Terms of Service and activating a listing, you certify that you will follow your local laws and regulations.

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