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Airbnb Growing Popular in Ocean City

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OCEAN CITY, Md.- Airbnb an online website for people to list, find and rent places to stay is growing in popularity for vacationers in the resort town. Ocean City has more than 300 Airbnb rentals throughout different communities and the listing continue to grow.

Town officials are monitoring the emerging popular trend closely as current zoning regulations do not specifically address Airbnb rentals. Jessica Waters, communications manager for the Town of Ocean City said that while it's not specifically addressed, the regulation of Airbnb's fall under the town's property rental licensing.

"We're certainly aware of Airbnb and our licensing inspector works very closely with our planning and zoning department to make sure most importantly the people participating in Airbnb are following the proper protocols in getting the rental licenses that are required of them," Waters said.  

Waters said the towns Licensing Inspector monitors online activity and works closely with the zoning department to ensure Airbnb compliance. 

Airbnb's convenience and competitive rates has coined it the "Uber" of vacation rentals. Since forming in 2007, it's increasing popularity has grown Airbnb into a multi-million dollar industry.

Emme King, a vacation rental manager with Long & Foster, said that while the competition is concerning, most people value trust.

"All the nationally syndicated sites are concerning because its competition for the local agencies," King said. "But I think people have a comfort when they're dealing with an established firm, like Long & Foster, who has a reputation and are accountable and meet standards that these other companies and entities do not have in place."

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