Airbnb hosts say regulation would do more harm than good

Airbnb hosts say regulation would do more harm than good

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — A woman said a bullet was shot into her home and it came from a party at a nearby Airbnb.

No one was injured after the round burst through her window in Wesley Heights in early November.

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Some question whether Airbnb lodgings need more regulation.

A new report shows Charlotte is No. 1 in growth for Airbnb listings.

Cities in North Carolina, such as Asheville, have regulations.

Homeowners in Asheville can only rent out rooms in their residences not the entire home, and they can only rent out a maximum of two rooms.

In Raleigh, Airbnb hosts have to get a permit to operate, which includes a fee. They have to also notify neighbors within 100 feet and whole home rentals are illegal.

Dan De La Portilla was one of the first Airbnb hosts in Charlotte and has rented out more than 500 sets.

He said instances of rentals gone wrong are very rare.

He doesn't think regulation would be good for Charlotte.

"It comes back and backfires on them because it hurts their travel industries," he said.

De La Portilla said the best protections are hosts themselves.

"The host has a lot invested," he said.

Hosts should be asking questions about who is renting from them.

"If they follow our rules, they can stay in our beautiful house and enjoy the place," he said.