Internet-based short-term rental companies such as Airbnb have built a burgeoning industry connecting homeowners with vacationers, who rent out rooms or entire houses for short-term stays. It’s a fascinating example of the New Economy, but this new business model has run up against stiffer opposition than expected.

These room-sharing operations have been very popular with tourists and those who rent out their properties. But local residents are upset at the noise and traffic that result when vacationers mix with permanent residents. Property owners see it as a property-rights issue, and argue that cities should crack down on bad behavior — not ban or severely limit an entire industry.

On Friday Jan. 27 from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., the R Street Institute and the Orange County Register are sponsoring a panel discussion and breakfast with some key local thought leaders at Chapman University, Argyros Forum 208. The event is complimentary.

Here are the featured speakers: Anaheim Mayor Tom Tait led the charge for his city’s new laws banning short-term rental houses in residential neighborhoods. Andrew Moylan is executive director of the R Street Institute, where he authored the Room Score Index evaluating short-term-rental regulations and grading various cities on their hospitality to these new hospitality industries. Brian Calle is the Southern California News Group’s Opinion Editor. Will Swaim is president of the California Public Policy Center.

Please RSVP to Steven Greenhut at [email protected].

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