Oregon City Considers Banning Short-Term Vacation Rentals
The lobby of the Ashland Springs Hotel in Ashland, Oregon. Clyde Adams III
Laws like this will challenge vacation rental companies and peer-to-peer sites, but they’ll also provide a level of consistent standards that could normalize the market.
The City Council in the Southern Oregon tourist destination Ashland will consider whether to make it illegal to advertise a home for short stays without land-use approval, a business license and registration to pay city hotel taxes.
The Daily Tidings reports a growing number of residents are renting homes offering their homes online to tourists for short stays.
But short-term vacation rentals are not allowed in single-family zoned neighborhoods. They are allowed in neighborhoods zoned for multifamily residences if various conditions are met.
The council is meeting Tuesday. It will also consider whether to require fire inspections before homes can be rented out for short stays.
The city has budgeted money for a code officer to crack down on illegal vacation rentals.
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