The concept of home-sharing was popularized by Airbnb and the like nearly a decade ago. Despite the rise of the maturing sharing economy, short-term rental services are still grappling with regulations all over the world.

The controversy is global. Conversations about legalizing Airbnb have sprouted up in the US, Canada, Australia and European countries including Germany, the Netherlands, and Ireland. Most recently, Taiwan’s neighbor Japan passed a new law that made Airbnb legal in the country which ironically has made business harder.  

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Nicole Jao

Nicole Jao is a reporter based in Beijing. She’s passionate about emerging trends, news, and stories of human interest within the world of technology. Connect with her on Twitter or via email: nicole.jao.iting@gmail.com.