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Chicago, IL: Aldermen seek crackdown on Airbnb scofflaws

Chicago, IL: Aldermen seek crackdown on Airbnb scofflaws

A group of Chicago aldermen is calling on the city to crack down on people who rent their homes out through Airbnb without a license.

Airbnb, the fast-growing vacation-home rental agency, advertises more than 3,000 vacation rental houses, condominiums and rooms in Chicago, but the city has issued fewer than 200 vacation rental licenses, according to a letter that Ald. Michele Smith (43rd), Brendan Reilly (42nd) and Brian Hopkins (2nd) sent to Maria Guerra-Lapacek, commissioner of the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection.

A license requires people who rent their homes out for short periods to pay a fee to the city, obtain insurance and meet certain health and safety standards.