Twenty million people have rented places to stay from a service that offers almost a million different listings in 190 countries. Everything is selected and paid for online. These beds aren't provided by a hotel chain. Instead hosts and guests are linked directly through the website Airbnb, which has become a major player in the growing short-term rental market. But current laws governing the hospitality business are ill-equipped to deal with short-term rentals like Airbnb, and in Los Angeles, that's sparked a debate about how to regulate it. KCRW's Benjamin Gottlieb has this report.
To read more about how Los Angeles is handling Airbnb rentals and to see photos of what those rentals look like, KCRW’s Which Way LA blog.