What hosting regulations apply to you?

Learn where to find info on local laws, taxes, and permits specific to Hosts.
By Airbnb on Sep 2, 2021
2 min read
Updated Sep 2, 2021


  • Many areas have specific laws and taxes for Hosts

  • Get localized tips from our Help Center and Host Clubs

  • Discover more in our complete guide to discovering the world of hosting

Does your local government regulate short-term rentals? What taxes do Airbnb Hosts in your area need to pay, and who calculates and collects them? Does your building manager allow Airbnb guests? 

Questions like these are key for anyone considering becoming a Host—and those already welcoming guests.

While Airbnb can’t provide you with legal guidance or tax advice specific to your area, we can help you find the information you need to feel ready to start hosting.

What rules and regulations apply to you?

Depending on where in the world you live, there can be requirements at the country, state, city, and even property level.

For instance, some areas have:

  • Zoning rules that specify how you can use your space
  • Taxes like occupancy tax, value-added tax (VAT), and goods and services tax (GST) that apply to Hosts
  • Laws that may require Hosts to acquire a license or permit, register their space, or obtain liability insurance

Here are a few ways to learn more about the types of rules and regulations in your area:

1. Visit the Airbnb Help Center

The Help Center is full of region-specific information about responsible hosting. These guides serve as a great starting point for those interested in getting a general sense of the hosting requirements in their country, state, county, or city.

2. Connect with your local government

Many local governments have web pages that detail their short-term rental policies and requirements. If you’re having trouble finding this information online, try emailing or calling them directly.

3. Reach out to existing Hosts

Contacting a local Host Club and visiting the Community Center are two great ways to connect with seasoned Hosts who have experience navigating local rules and regulations. Since most Hosts aren’t licensed tax or legal advisors, it’s always a good idea to verify any information you receive. 

4. Consult a local professional

Local lawyers or tax professionals can provide advice about taxes and laws that apply to Hosts in your area. These individuals can help you remain in compliance as you prepare to become a Host and start welcoming guests into your space.

We hope these tips help you understand the rules and regulations that may apply to you as a Host—and give you the confidence to bring your hosting dreams to life.

Sep 2, 2021
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