A BATTLE OVER BED AND BREAKFASTS HAS SPARKED IN SPOKANE.
PITTING NEW ONLINE RENTALS AGAINST LONGTIME RESIDENTS.
NOW THE CITY OF SPOKANE IS GETTING IN THE MIDDLE OF
KXLY4'S IAN CULL IS WORKING FOR YOU TO EXPLAIN WHAT
THE CITY IS DOING TO MONTIOR THESE RENTAL HOMES POPPING
UP IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD, IAN?
AND THOSE NEW LANDLORDS SHOW THEIR PROPERTIES ON WEBSITES
LIKE VRBO AND AIRBNB.COM.
IT GIVES PEOPLE A CHANCE TO MAKE SOME MONEY OFF OF
EMPTY ROOMS OR PROPERTIES JUST SITTING THERE.
PEOPLE IN THE BED AND BREAKFAST INDUSTRY -- SAY IT'S
THE MARIANNA STOLTZ HOUSE IN THE LOGAN NEIGHBORHOOD
-- OFFERS ROOMS TO GUESTS
AND BED AND BREAKFAST CONNESIOURS.
OLD FASHIONED SILVER ON THE COUNTER --
CLASSICAL IN THE CORNER.
PHYLLIS MAGUIRE, B AND B OWNER @ 8
It's a wonderful old house in a wonderful neighborhood.
PHYLLIS MAGUIRE HAS RUN THE BUSINESS FOR 27 YEARS.
SHE'S PAID HER DUES -- ABIDED BY REGULATIONS.
PHYLLIS MAGUIRE, B AND B OWNER @ 9
My dishwasher has to be 150 degrees.
My tap water can't be more than 120 degrees.
BUT IF YOU WANT A DIFFERENT PLACE TO STAY.
-- A WEBSITE LIKE AIRBNB.COM MAY SUIT YOUR NEEDS.
ENTIRE HOMES OR JUST ROOMS FOR RENT -- FOR A DAY OR
APARTMENTS LIKE REBECCA MACK'S.
REBECCA MACK, RENTS ON AIRBNB.COM @ 10
During Expo 74 the city residents were encouraged
to do exactly what we're doing.
To invite people into their homes and make Spokane
a welcoming accomodating place for visitors.
BUT MAGUIRE ARGUES THESE NEW OVERNIGHTS IN HOMES ARE
TRYING TO DO WHAT SHE'S DOING -- WITHOUT THE LEGAL
PHYLLIS MAGUIRE, B AND B OWNER @ 11
Last week I sent $410 to the health department.
I had an inspector show up, the other health inspector
I play the game right, why can't everybody else.
THE CITY'S NOW WORKING TO REGULATE THESE TYPES OF
BUSINESSES BY MID-SUMMER.
MACK HOPES THEY'LL BE CAREFUL.
REBECCA MACK, RENTS ON AIRBNB.COM @ 12
What's good for a 700 room bedroom hotel downtown
is not necessarily going to be appropriate for a little
apartment like this.
THE TWO HOUSING SITUATIONS ARE SIMILAR -- BUT VERY
ALTHOUGH THE TWO SIDES OF THE B AND B BATTLE MAY BE
MORE ALIKE THAN THEY THINK.
PHYLLIS MAGUIRE, B AND B OWNER @ 13
There's room for everybody, but everybody should play
by the same rules.
REBECCA MACK, RENTS ON AIRBNB.COM @ 14
The effort right now to have a more level playing
field right now, I think that's totally fair.
THE CITY WILL TAKE COMPLAINTS ON THIS UNTIL AUGUST
THEY'RE TAKING COMPLAINTS -- AND WILL STUDY HOW TO
IAN CULL, KXLY 4 NEWS.