Ordinance regulating Airbnb, others passed on final reading

THE ORDINANCE amending certain provisions of the Amended Tourism Code to include the regulation of home-sharing applications was passed on final reading last week.

During a special session held March 23, the City Council unanimously approved the proposal of Councilor Al Ryan Alejandre to add the establishments listed in home-sharing applications in the Code.

Based on the amended Tourism Code, a home-sharing application is defined as an online platform or application that allows individuals to rent out their homes and rooms or apartments to tourist and visitors.

These include, but not limited to, Airbnb, VRBO, Tripping.com, Home Away, and other related sites.

Meanwhile, Alejandre, who earlier proposed an ordinance to regulate accommodation listed in home-sharing booking applications, said there is no need for a new law and just update the tourism code instead.

“During the deliberation for the passage and/or approval of the Committee Report, it was found out that only an amendment of certain provisions of the Amended Tourism Code should be had, in order to include in its scope the establishments enlisted in Home Sharing Applications,” read the resolution enacting the ordinance.

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