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Airbnb says Walsh’s regulations would hurt middle-class residents

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With the Boston City Council set to take up a new proposal to set strict regulations for short-term rentals, industry giant Airbnb Wednesday weighed in with a letter warning the rules could hurt many middle-class Boston residents who don’t own a home, the Globe’s Tim Logan reports.

The regulations proposed by Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh would limit short-term rentals through Airbnb and similar services to residential property owners. That would “completely foreclose” the roughly two-thirds of people who don’t own their residence from using short-term rentals to earn extra income, wrote Will Burns, Airbnb’s public policy director for Massachusetts, in a letter to Walsh and the City Council.

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