Airbnb is a prime example of what’s known as the sharing economy - homeowners renting out rooms on a short-term basis to visitors looking for a low-cost alternative to hotels. Booking occurs through the company’s website, which takes a cut. Users says it’s a great way to make extra cash, but some cities - like Richmond -- claim the practice is illegal.
Deborah Doe shares her historic Richmond home with three zebra finches, a dog and a cat. She also welcomes guests from around the world - collecting about $70 a night through Airbnb.