Tacoma homeowners are increasingly renting out their spare rooms, and at times the entire house, on the online platform Airbnb.
Last year, Tacomans collectively earned $2 million and hosted 15,500 guest arrivals, according to a news release from Airbnb.
The short-term rental website, which allows homeowners to rent out their abodes like a hotel, said guest arrivals increased by 76 percent in 2016 compared with the year before.
The median Tacoma host — where half of hosts earned more and half earned less — earned $6,600 from guests last year. The median host had paying guests through Airbnb for 68 nights throughout the year.
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Most hosts are also renting out their primary residence, either by renting a room to a guest, or renting the entire home while they are away.
Late last year, the company said Airbnb hosts statewide paid more than $7.6 million in taxes, with more than 600 active hosts in Tacoma as of Oct. 1.
City of Tacoma code was recently updated to require a minimum $25 business license for people renting rooms or homes through Airbnb and other online rental platforms. Those earning more than $12,000 per year but less than $250,000 from home and room rentals will pay a $110 fee. If hosts earn more than $250,000 per year from rentals, the business license will cost $250 per year.