Airbnb to Cooperate with Gov’t to Avoid Home Sharing Ban

Pavither January 30, 2018

To prevent a possible crackdown on the practice listing properties online for short-term stays, home-sharing website Airbnb has pledged to continue its close collaboration with the Malaysian government just like with authorities in other countries.

“Airbnb has worked with over 275 governments around the world to develop clear and sensible frameworks that support home sharing in their cities while addressing local community needs.”

“We’ve had meaningful and productive conversations with the Malaysian authorities, who are excited by the prospect of home sharing and the benefits the Airbnb platform is already bringing to local tourism. With 1.5 million guest arrivals to Malaysia, Airbnb has generated an incredible RM200.4 million for the Malaysian economy in the last year alone,” added Airbnb.

It stated this after Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) announced earlier this month that owners of residential properties who list their units on websites like Airbnb need to register.

According to Kuala Lumpur city officials, owners and operators must do this so that they can lease out their properties lawfully. They are also researching the feasibility of short-term rentals in different parts of the capital.

“Short-term rental is widely marketed through websites such as Airbnb, HomeAway, as well as iBilik, and it may cause disturbance to other units and contribute to safety and cleanliness problems,” said DBKL.

“The registration programme is done so that the Companies Commission of Malaysia can conduct studies on the operators who rent out their properties for short-term stays legally and be placed under the supervision of DBKL.”

It said last week that registration has started and is open this year. Agents, individuals, and companies that rent out their units online are required to register even if they are not Malaysians.

On the other hand, owners and operators who fail to register will face sanctions.
This article was edited by the editorial team of PropertyGuru. To contact them about this or other stories email

For the latest property news, trends, resources and expert opinions, visit our Property News section. Home buyers, sellers or property renters looking for Malaysian Properties, may like to visit the New Launches or Project Reviews page.


You may also like these articles

Condo Management Can Ban AirBnB

  While Airbnb is legal in Malaysia, condominium and apartment owners can only rent out their units on the popular home sharing platform if it is allowed by their management’s by-laws, repor

Continue ReadingAugust 18, 2017

Airbnb Listings Spiked to 130% in Malaysia

  Airbnb listings surged 130 percent year-on-year to around 18,000 in Malaysia as at July, revealed Robin Kwok, Airbnb Southeast Asia, Taiwan and Hong Kong country manager. She noted that A

Continue ReadingAugust 22, 2017

I Don’t Like Airbnb Coming into My Apartment

 I don’t really fancy Airbnb, plain and simple. What influenced my stance on Airbnb is through my personal observation on the incoming and outgoing of foreign guests around my apartment recentl

Continue ReadingSeptember 7, 2017