Peer-To-Peer Accommodation Services in Malaysia: Legal Issues and Concerns

Mahyuddin Daud, Norlaili Mat Isa
Ahmad Ibrahim Kulliyyah of Laws, International Islamic University Malaysia


Peer-to-peer accommodation services (P2PA) have gained popularity by introducing online hosting websites such as Airbnb. Emerging as part of the sharing economy through disruptive technology, P2PA brought unprecedented impacts to the Malaysian housing landscape. This paper examines the scope and legal issues triggered by the expansion of P2PA. Unregistered P2PA has drawn objections from the neighbourhood due to safety concerns, public nuisance, potential loss of tax revenue and noncompliance with zoning laws requirements. Adopting content analysis as the research method, this research finds the need to develop a legal framework regulating STRA in Malaysia.

Keywords: Peer-to-peer accommodation, Short-term accommodation, Sharing economy, Disruptive innovation, Airbnb