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Airbnb host urges Baltimore to ‘pay the tax, get the facts’

Baltimore Airbnb host has launched a campaign urging the city not to be rash in regulating short-term rentals.

Patrick T. Campbell, who bought his first home in Baltimore in 1998 and moved to Patterson Park from Washington more than a year ago, recently created a campaign with the slogan “pay the tax, get the facts.”

“I’m not wed to any outcome. I’ll have to be flexible,” Campbell said.

His goal is to rally support from city residents and Airbnb hosts for a proposed tax on transactions, but convince the Baltimore City Council to hold off on regulating the industry.

The city council is considering legislation that would subject transactions on Airbnb, and other short term rental services, to Baltimore’s 9.5 percent hotel tax. Jurisdictions throughout the nation, including Montgomery County, have already imposed taxes on the services.

But what Baltimore’s lawmakers are considering goes beyond what some others have implemented. The city is considering requiring hosts to be licensed and have properties inspected.

Campbell said he’s not necessarily opposed to short-term rentals being regulated. But he wants the city to take the time to study the issue, gather information about possible consequences, and only act once proposed regulations have been publicly vetted.

Campbell joined me at The Daily Record’s offices on Friday to chat about his petition.

Review Campbell’s petition here.


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