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Chicago seeks to add Airbnb fee, track units

Chicago seeks to add Airbnb fee, track units

Using home-sharing services like Airbnb and VRBO within the city of Chicago may get more expensive, again.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel on Wednesday introduced into the City Council a proposed ordinance that would tack a 2 percent surcharge on the rental rate of any shared-housing unit, bed-and-breakfast or vacation rental. The city also seeks to require home-sharing hosts to register their units with the city, a move that has raised the hackles of Airbnb.

The proposed surcharge, expected to generate about $1 million annually, would be on top of other extras that will make the bottom of bills look more like those generated by hotels: the city's 4.5 percent Hotel Accommodations Tax, a...