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    Hobbit Houses and Atlanta's Short-Term Rental Debate

    The status of hobbit houses at the Wylde Center's Hawk Hollow garden in Atlanta, Georgia, is overlooked in the debate about the city's short-term rental ordinance, which is currently on hold. Wylde Center Executive Director Stephanie van Parys said the nonprofit removed the hobbit houses from Airbnb "in accordance with the short-term policy changes in the City of Atlanta." She added that the center would consider reopening hobbit house rentals if those policies change. According to Michal Rosenoer with campsite and glamping rental service provider Hipcamp, alternative overnight options such as hobbit houses can help property owners like nonprofits make extra money without impacting available housing stock. "Local governments really need to get with the times and realize this is an opportunity that can be managed safely and appropriately," he said.

    Axios (11/17/22) Thomas Wheatley

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