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Proposed Raleigh Airbnb rules hit snag

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The city of Raleigh’s effort to regulate short-term home rental programs such as Airbnb have hit a snag after Raleigh staff said proposed rules could open the door for more boarding houses.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the city’s resident-run Text Change Committee evaluated the latest proposal Tuesday, with committee members delaying action on the proposal because it doesn’t seem to distinguish short-term residential rentals from boarding houses, which they see as a potentially bigger disruption to neighborhoods.

The rules would allow Raleigh property owners to rent out rooms in their homes under certain conditions. The practice is currently prohibited, but the newspaper reports that some residents already use online services such as Airbnb because Raleigh doesn’t enforce its ban.

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