Does Airbnb Have a Noise Problem?

500 cities nationwide—including huge metropolises like New York—are considering banning or regulating short-term rentals.

Does Airbnb Have a Noise Problem?

500 cities nationwide—including huge metropolises like New York—are considering banning or regulating short-term rentals.

We don't mean to yell, but consider this: 
>> 500 cities nationwide—including huge metropolises like New York—are considering banning or regulating short-term rentals. 

According to NoiseAware [www.noiseaware.io] CEO David Krauss, 75% of Airbnb listings are outside of traditional hotel districts. Short-term rentals help tourists experience the "real" culture of a place, but aren't so great for neighbors who want peace and quiet.

Noise is threatening the short-term rental market in 4 major ways:

1. IT'S MAKING NEIGHBORS ANGRY AND GIVING AIRBNB A BAD REPUTATION 
Neighbors are the first line of defense against noise in short-term rentals. Owners don't know there is a problem until a neighbor calls them—or the police.

2. HEFTY FINES AND BUSINESSES GONE OVERNIGHT
Owners can face enormous fines for noise complaints, and owners with multiple offenses can have their rental licenses suspended—devastating their personal businesses and taking good properties off the market.

3.  IT RESULTS IN REGULATIONS AND SOMETIMES BANS
Noise complaints mobilize communities to enact regulations on the short-term rental market—hurting the entire industry before it can even take off. New York, San Francisco, and Santa Monica have already heavily regulated Airbnb. 

4. NO ONE HAS FOUND A GOOD SOLUTION... YET

Airbnb's (long overdue) complaint line for neighbors is a passive approach that still puts the onus on neighbors to report noise. Cameras violate guest privacy, and decibel monitoring produces false alarms. 

This all begs the question... Could a great innovation in travel be spoiled because of noise?

Not necessarily. NoiseAware [www.noiseaware.io]—a startup that takes the responsibility of noise monitoring away from neighbors and puts it back in the hands of owners—has found an innovative way to solve the number one issue in the fastest-growing space in hospitality.

Using advanced proprietary technology it dubs the "smoke detector for noise," NoiseAware has created a Noise Risk Score, only alerting owners when there is a sustained noise problem (for instance, dropping a dish won't create an alert—but throwing all the dishes against the wall will).