Airbnb reported Asheville was the top revenue-generating city in the state, outpacing the next closest contender, Charlotte, $19.8 million to $8.7 million. The income was generated from 160,700 bookings. Statewide, Airbnb’s hosted 778,000 bookings, collecting $96.8 million in income. The news comes as the city continues to research ways to regulate short-term rentals. While homeowners argue the income helps them stay in their homes and keep things in good repair, members of city council fear renting space to tourists cuts into available housing stock, exacerbating the affordable housing crisis. Other complaints concern added traffic and noise and unknown people wandering around disrupting the fiber of neighborhoods. Another worry is that if short-term rentals are a use-by-right, developers will buy up blocks of homes, and Asheville will become like a tourist town on the coast. Currently, it is legal to rent rooms in private homes short-term if a permit is secured. To rent self-sufficient accessory apartments short-term, homeowners in residential districts must apply for a rezoning before a city council strongly opposed to their creation. Airbnb is but one agency booking short-term rentals online; VRBO is another.