Airbnb – illegal short-term rentals galore

A current New York Times article focuses on owners who rent out their apartments – or one or more bedrooms – to strangers on a short-term basis.

According to the Times article Airbnb, an online service: “which says it is handling 10,000 guests a night, is at the center of a boom in new companies that are creating a market for places to stay — a spare room, a house when the owners are on vacation or even a backyard treehouse.”

A quick search of Airbnb in the Chicago area turns up rentals that range from luxury homes and condos to RVs and boats. It’s a fairly safe bet that few of the listed rentals have obtained the vacation rental or bed and breakfast license required by the City of Chicago.