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Posted in: Japan latest battleground in Airbnb home-sharing war See in context

I think there are two types of Airbnb to consider and we will probably see the Government make a distinction between them soon;

a) Rent a spare room out in your house or apartment. b) Rent out a whole apartment.

The problem is in the second type and I suspect that will be banned and subject to heavy fines, and it makes perfect sense it should be. The first I suspect will be allowed with some minimum standard requirements.

If as a home owner you welcome guests into a spare room, then you assume the risks and responsibility yourself, and hopefully you can manage the impact any misbehaving guests have. If you rent out a whole apartment and give away the communal door lock security code while not being there, you basically expose all the homeowners in the block and surrounding area to whatever your unknown guests please to inflict on them for the few nights they are there. They, and any associates, will then have access anytime they please to the whole block until the code is changed, which is totally unacceptable.

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