SA could regulate Airbnb

If you're an Airbnb host you should take note: you might soon be prevented from renting out your property for as long as you like.

JOHANNESBURG - If you're an Airbnb host you should take note: You might soon be prevented from renting out your property for as long as you like.

That's as government is now trying to regulate Airbnbs through the Tourism Amendment Bill.

It means short-term home rentals will fall under the Tourism Act.

The Tourism Business Council of South Africa says this will level the playing field by ensuring Airbnbs, hotels and guesthouses all follow the same rules.

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But it adds this needs to be done in a way that doesn't stifle growth. 

Some business organisations are opposed to the changes, saying it limits what private homeowners can do in the short term home rental space.

Airbnb says its platform accounts for less than one in eight visitors to South Africa but claims it's helped boost the country's economy.

South Africans have around seven weeks to comment on the Tourism Amendment Draft Bill.

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