The Airbnb regulations coming to Airbnb and similar services in the US could affect your ability to book a private car rental.
The rules, which will take effect July 1, will apply to “brokered private car rentals” and will require hosts to verify the person renting the vehicle.
Airbnb has been one of the biggest providers of private car-sharing in the United States, with more than 1.3 million listings.
As part of the rulemaking process, Airbnb will also require hosts and drivers to share information on their credit histories and income information.
This means hosts and other business owners who want to operate a private vehicle sharing service in the U.S. must verify the income of every driver they book, as well as verify their driver’s credit history.
Airbnb is working with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to help its hosts and partners comply with the rules, Airbnb spokesperson Amy Biermann told Recode.
Airbnb hosts can verify their income through their online banking account.
The changes could be particularly disruptive for hosts who have relied on Airbnb to help them rent out their homes and apartments.
Airbnb currently operates as a fully regulated enterprise under the Federal Trade Commission.
Airbnb will need to prove that it is complying with the new regulations.
“In order to operate in the private car sharing market, hosts and operators must have a vehicle,” Bierman said.
“If they do not, they will be required to verify all vehicles.”
Biermann added that hosts will also have to be certified by the NHTSA to comply with all of the new rules.
Airbnb doesn’t have the resources to comply in all states.
In fact, it is not even clear that it will be able to comply completely with all new regulations that are being issued by the government.
Airbnb does have a partnership with the American Association of Insurance Commissioners to help it comply with any changes.
The change will affect hosts who book and manage cars through Airbnb and other similar services.
Airbnb and several other private car booking platforms have recently announced they will start charging a fee for all vehicle rentals.
This fee will go into effect July 6, though the platform has not yet announced how much it will cost hosts to book private car reservations.
Bierman also said that the new fees could impact the ability of hosts to operate as “brokers,” which is what they typically do.
These “broker” arrangements allow hosts to charge more than the normal fee for a rental, but also have the flexibility to book fewer trips than a regular car rental company.
Airbnb typically requires all drivers to have a valid driver’s license and other forms of identification.