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Airbnb reform rumors: Hotel industry doesn’t wanna be bad guy




Update: A lot of chatter has been ricocheting around the city about changes to Airbnb regulations that may be on the horizon.

Rumor has it, the city wants to begin treating Airbnb’s more like hotels with caps on how often hosts can have their places up for rent and new permit and tax rules.

In the midst of all of this rhetoric, the Ohio Hotel & Lodging Association doesn’t want to be seen as the bad guy. Both the hotel industry as well as Airbnb are focused on reaching an “even-handed” solution that satisfies all parties involved, reports Columbus Business First. 

A spokesman for Airbnb said caps on how often hosts can have their places available for rent are “excessive” and “extremely rare,” according to CBF. 

The City of Columbus plans to hold a meeting in February to continue this conversation with Airbnb representatives.

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01/09/2017: The City of Columbus is looking to move in on the profits of local Airbnb hosts.

Cbus is one of the hottest markets for short-term rentals but according to Columbus Business First, the city wants to place a bunch of restrictions on hosts including:

  • limiting hosts to 90 days of rental a year
  • requiring that hosts only put their primary addresses up for rent
  • imposing a hotel and motel excise tax
  • a $75 permit every year plus a $10 application fee

Currently, Columbus exercises a 5.1 percent tax on hotel stays as well as 4.9 percent imposed by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority on stays within the county.

As you may have guests, Airbnb hosts are not happy about these rumors.

Are you a host or know someone who is? Share your reactions in the comments. 

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The clock is ticking on your chance to win big with ColumBest!

Mike Thomas



March is slowly but surely winding down, which means the clock is ticking on your chance to vote in our our yearly “best of” Columbus readers poll.

Not only does voting in ColumBest 2019 give you the opportunity to show your favorite local brands and businesses some love, it also offers a chance to win big. This year, one lucky ColumBest voter will win a $1,999 Easton shopping spree, a $2,000 home makeover from Value City Furniture, and a $250 Moo Moo’s car wash gift card.

You read that right – that’s all ONE prize! To make the reality of this amazing offer a little more tangible, let’s break down what could be in store for the lucky winner.

  • The “low fat” wash at Moo Moo is more than enough to knock a winter’s worth of salt off your ride in time for spring. At $8 a go, a $250 gift card will net a whopping 31 trips through the suds.
  • Among many great restaurants and retailers, Easton is home to a Cinnabon Bakery location. While we’re not suggesting you spend the entire $1,999 shopping spree on their delicious, gooey, cinnamon-frosted treats, the almost $2,000 prize would be good for around 531 of Cinnabon’s classic rolls. Please dine responsibly.
  • You know the old futon in your living room leftover from college that faces the TV stacked on top of milk crates? It’s time to upgrade. Thanks to the deals at Value City Furniture, the $2,000 prize will go a long way toward improving any room in your house.

Once you’re done voting for your faves, make sure to save your spot at our ColumBest Party at Express LIVE! on May 13th. You won’t want to miss this celebration of the best of the best in Columbus!

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(614) Magazine

March 2019




At (614) we like to think we’re always giving you new ideas about where to go, what to try, or what’s coming up next. But this month, perhaps we can do a bit more for you. Maybe we can offer some inspiration to find ‘the better you’.

  • The Calendar to end all calendars
  • Tips and resources to find the ‘better you’
  • Experience Otherworld
  • Makers Space: botanical skin care
  • Columbus author: Hanif Abdurraqib
  • German Village: two restaurants, one roof
  • Columbus igloo adventures
  • Cheesesteak Empire with Charley Shin
  • Old-timey ‘shrub’ bevs making a comeback
  • Aloha! Inside the Huli Huli Tiki Lounge
  • Megan Kilgore: the Columbus Crew-sader
  • Offroad bike adventures
  • Family: squats for tots

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Looking for a physical copy? Check out our snazzy map

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The Six Happy Hour: The District Pourhouse




 #6  The District Pourhouse (Formerly World of Beer)

Beer, Bavarian pretzels, and barbacoa street tacos. Need I say more? The first thing that comes to mind with District Pourhouse is their vast selection of beers. Now imagine pairing a nice cold glass of your favorite draught with your favorite comfort food, like pizza, hot dogs, or fries. Sounds good, right?

Did I mention that District Pourhouse also hosts trivia nights whilst your favorite sport team plays on the many screens around the venue?

HH: M-F open-7pm; $5 draughts, $5 spirits, $5 shareables

The District Pourhouse

1568 N High St, Columbus

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