HB253: Short-term Rental Amendments

Tuesday, June 27, 2017 | posted by Mindy Knudsen 1:54 PM

Article by LaMond Woods, LAC member and Senior Partner at SentryWest Insurance.

“This bill prevents a political subdivision from prohibiting the use of a short-term rental website.”

Some cities and towns currently restrict or ban short-term rentals – renting out your home, or a portion thereof, for fewer that 30 days. In some instances a method of enforcement has been to identify possible offenders by referencing websites like Airbnb and VRBO (Vacation Rental By Owner). When identified on a website the city or town might then issue a warning or citation to the property owner.

H.B. 253 prohibits this method of enforcement. The bill further states that a legislative body may not: (a) enact or enforce an ordinance that prohibits an individual from listing a short-term rental on a website; or (b) use a rental website in combination with an ordinance to fine, charge, prosecute, or otherwise punish an individual solely for the act of listing a short-term rental on a short-term rental website.

This legislation passed through both bodies of the legislature with little to no opposition.  In a committee hearing the director of government relations for the League of Cities and Towns testified in favor of the legislation stating “the sharing economy is here to stay and that we anticipate this dialogue will continue.”

This legislation is aimed directly at cities and towns attempting to regulate short-term rentals. No mention of community associations is contained in the bill.


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