Is Airbnb Heading Into Regulatory Trouble in Taiwan?

Regulatory crackdowns on 'illegal' hotels mean Taiwan's recent Airbnb surge may be short-lived.

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Illegal Daily Rental Apartments Taking Over Taipei


The Department of Information and Tourism of the Taipei City Government has already requested websites, like Airbnb, with rooms that don't have hotel license numbers to take the rooms off their websites. Regarding this, Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je believes the illegal apartments have appeared because there are no cheap hotels in Taipei.


Airbnb Proposes to be Legalized in Taiwan


Airbnb has promised to pay taxes and provide tenant insurance, which meets the initial requirements of the Executive Yuan. The travel and B&B industries also welcome Airbnb to come to Taiwan for further development.

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