Will R.I.’s new short-term rental property registry be too burdensome?

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
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
Now that every short-term rental property in Rhode Island listed on online sites such as Airbnb and VRBO will be required to register with the R.I. Department of Business Regulation, it remains to be seen what effect the new law will have on those property owners and on the state’s tourism industry. The law took…

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