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Clark County cracking down on Airbnb for Memorial Day weekend

Posted at 5:30 PM, May 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-26 22:19:50-04

Clark County is cracking down on people who use services like Airbnb to rent out their homes to tourists in the short term.

Supporters say the crackdown is meant to keep neighborhoods quiet, but some people aren't happy about it.

Dwight rents out a room in his home and it's become a steady source of income that he relies on.

He says Airbnb accounts for about $1,100 a month in added revenue.

Dwight says his neighbors don't even know he houses out-of-towners.

It's the opposite experience for Mario Pawlik, who says the house across the street from him has become a wild party house.

"We're in a life and death struggle here for the preservation of our neighborhood and our way of life," Pawlik said.

In Clark County, short-term home rentals like Airbnb are illegal.

Code enforcement officers are going after violators this Memorial Day weekend.

Dwight lives in the City of Las Vegas, but he says any crackdowns on Airbnb hosts pose a threat to him doing what he loves.

"They are pre-judging a situation, mischaracterizing us hosts as some sort of large property owners [who are] underskirting the hotel laws," Dwight said. "That's not the case at all. We're just homeowners that want to share a room or two."

Homeowners who are caught could be fined $1,000 a day.

In a statement, Jasmine Mora, the Airbnb press secretary, said "The overwhelming majority of Airbnb hosts in Las Vegas are middle class families who depend on Airbnb to make ends meet. We want to work with public officials to ensure that hosts comply with local rules and regulations. Like our hosts, the majority of Airbnb travelers to Las Vegas are responsible guests who are respectful of the neighborhoods they visit."