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.
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