Regarding the Dec. 3 letter “ To attract tech businesses, Raleigh must get policies right”: For the landlord, Airbnb is a simple way to make money. For the renter, it’s a way to rent a bed (or a room or a couch or even a house) and pay a reduced rate. It’s economically advantageous for both parties.
What happens when more people move their economic activity underground? Who pays for basic governmental services such as police, fire, schools or roads? Would we have a beautiful and modern downtown core, with amphitheater and convention center, if not for the hospitality tax? These are services that the letter-writer and his renters use but now have no wish to pay for.
I stayed in an Airbnb house in California once. I drove into a gated community to a mansion worth millions. An investment group had bought it for this express purpose.
The house had a half dozen people. . Boys in the room on the right (half dozen twin beds), girls on the left. I paid an extra $10 for the private room and bath, which had limited furniture and no lock.
The home was a fire and safety code nightmare. The other residents of the gated community were upset at seeing young people coming and going at all hours.
This is not something Raleigh needs to embrace.