Airbnb host “Anthony” had over 40 listings in the North End with a clean cut picture and a bio describing an entrepreneur “living the startup life.” There was only one issue when residents started to complain. Anthony did not exist. The profile was created by a short-term rental management company, Domio, out of New York.
This winter’s Commonwealth Magazine cover story details how short-term rentals are changing Boston’s neighborhoods in “The Airbnb gold rush is on.” The article features interviews with State Rep. Aaron Michlewitz, sponsor of proposed legislation to regulate short-term rentals and neighborhood advocates including North End resident Ford Cavallari of the Alliance of Downtown Civic Organizations (ADCO). In a sidebar, CW reports “Everyone knows Anthony in the North End — Just not this one.”
Read more at Commonwealth Magazine online.