Doug French has written a piece, posted at LRC, entitled “The Airbnb Next Door.” Let me say up front: if I come to find that this is a work of fiction, I am going to be really, really mad.
He offers an interesting situation: one of the neighbors in his quiet cul-de-sac of nine homes has moved out. The new owner turned the property into an Airbnb. Some of the neighbors were concerned: what will this do to our property values? Not a violation of the NAP, French correctly offers. Shots have been fired on occasion and police have been called. Doug never heard this, but his wife confirms it is so.
There are parties, but the guests of this Airbnb keep the place pretty neat. The owner of the property even put in a gate to the backyard. Not a bad idea, French concludes; keeps their comings and goings out of sight of the neighbors. The cul-de-sac stays relatively quiet.
French does not state directly where he falls on this matter: a question of the NAP vs. the “culture” (if you will) and, potentially, “peace” of the neighborhood.
What say you? We all know the pure libertarian answer. Is this where it ends? Maybe before you answer, consider: French describes the advertisement for the home; very descriptive and welcoming. He concludes:
As full disclosure, the owner should add, “and plenty of angry neighbors next door.”