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May 14 2018

Austin Dictates Bedtime for Home-Sharing Guests

Since citizens are regarded as children by progressive bureaucrats, it should come as no surprise that the moonbats running Moscow on the Colorado (a.k.a. Austin) have started dictating bedtimes. Home-sharing guests must turn in by 10 p.m.

This is one of the latest (and most ludicrous) examples of government intruding on property rights by regulating home-sharing—the practice of renting a room or an entire home from a homeowner, often through an online platform like Airbnb and HomeAway. Home-sharing offers travelers a cost-effective alternative to traditional hotels, it helps homeowners pay their mortgages, and it gives entrepreneurs an incentive to buy dilapidated houses and restore them.

Whenever people come up with innovative ways to make money, bureauweenies counter with regulations to prevent them.

Austin’s regulations restrict the number and activity of guests of short-term (but not long-term) rentals, subject home-sharers to warrantless searches, and completely ban homeowners from offering their home as a short-term rental if the home isn’t their primary residence.

As in Seattle, so in Austin. Do not attempt to generate revenue in a city under the thumb of liberals.

On a tip from Varla.

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