Legislative panel wades into ‘emotional issue’ of short-term rentals

CHRISTOPHER C. BICHO stands in a renovated, antique firehouse in Newport in 2019. He rents the firehouse as an Airbnb site. Bicho says he doesn't mind registering his site with a regulator, but he thinks oversight of short-term rental properties should be handled by either the state or the local government, not both. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

State and local officials agree the growth of short-term rentals such as those on Airbnb and VRBO has disrupted Rhode Island’s housing market, but that’s where the consensus ends. A special legislative commission chaired by Rep. Lauren H. Carson, D-Newport, has started meeting to review existing statutes on short-term rentals and scrutinize the impact of

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