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Airbnb has removed thousands of listings in Boston as new rule takes effect

December 4, 2019


Airbnb is eyeing a major IPO next year, but this year it faces escalating regulation in cities across the country.

The home-sharing company had to comply on Sunday with strict new regulations in Boston that require hosts to register their listings with the city. Boston’s regulations are designed to ban so-called investor units, or properties meant to be residential that are exclusively or primarily used for short-term housing. Such units, lawmakers say, inflate the housing market and drive out long-term residents.

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