To The Daily Sun,
I am writing in response to a story that appeared in the Daily Sun on Feb. 14, headlined, "Lawmakers struggling with how, or if, to regulate Airbnb operations in N.H."
Airbnb is proud to provide Granite State residents with the opportunity to earn supplemental income by sharing their own homes. In the last year, 2,200 hosts welcomed over 100,000 guests to the state, with the typical host earning $5,400 by renting their space for fewer than three nights a month.
By and large, these hosts are not full-time businesses running commercial operations. They are everyday people opening their homes from time to time to travelers.
Moreover, 62 percent of New Hampshire hosts are women and over half are over the age of 50, highlighting how many hosts use supplemental income from extra bedrooms to "age in place" in the neighborhoods they call home.
From the White Mountains to the shore, home sharing has been part of the New Hampshire way of life for generations. However, home sharing has also come a long way since the days of classified ads and cash payment.
In fact, Airbnb has pioneered cutting-edge policies to ensure that home sharing is safe and secure, from criminal background checks on hosts and guests and a Verified ID system, to two overlapping $1 million insurance policies that protect hosts, guests, and neighbors in the rare event of injury or theft, and a special "Neighbors" platform to allow residents to file complaints 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Furthermore, in states across the region — including Vermont, Connecticut, Rhode Island, and (soon) Maine — Airbnb is doing its part to support core public services by collecting and remitting sales and lodging taxes on behalf of its guests and hosts. We want to do the same thing in the Granite State and are actively working with the state's Department of Revenue Administration to secure an agreement that would allow us to do so.
We are proud of our community we've built in New Hampshire and look forward to continuing to work with officials and communities to foster the economic opportunity that home sharing provides.
Andrew L. Kalloch
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