[Fourth Branch] Here to Stay: The Modern World of Hospitality

Do home-sharing platforms like Airbnb need more regulation to protect consumers and the safety of local communities? How can the interests of private property owners, consumers, and small businesses be balanced? What might an optimal level of regulation look like, and who decides?

In this Fourth Branch video, Gwendolyn Smith (Grandview Bed & Breakfast), Matthew Feeney (Cato Institute), and Pete Clarke (Retired Commissioner, Orange County, FL) explore the legal and regulatory questions that have accompanied the rise of home-sharing platforms.

A Fourth Branch video in association with Motivo Media.

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As always, the Federalist Society takes no position on particular legal or public policy issues; all expressions of opinion are those of the speakers.

Differing Views:

Free Lunch Podcast: “Can Government Regulation Keep Pace with Emerging Technology?”

“Miami Beach Imposes the Highest Home-Sharing Fines in the Nation”

“Land Use and Homesharing Regulation”

“Renting an Airbnb Could Be Risky For Your Safety, a New Study Finds”

“Inside the Rise and Fall of a Multimillion-Dollar Airbnb Scheme”



Gwendolyn Smith
Co-Owner, Grandview Bed & Breakfast


Matthew Feeney
Director, Project on Emerging Technologies, Cato Institute


Pete Clarke
Retired Commissioner, Orange County, Florida


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