Georgia legislators’ 2016 agenda may include discussion of how to regulate and get taxes from vacation spots beyond traditional hotels, especially through Airbnb and other rental websites.
Tuesday’s first study committee meeting on the issue revealed some tricky questions awaiting lawmakers.
Offerings include apartments or homes available 365 days a year versus private homes in Athens only rented out during the University of Georgia’s six home football game weekends.
Lawmakers heard from representatives for hotels and inns who urged a “level playing field.” Savannah officials shared their own regulations on rentals and expressed some doubt about a state law’s effectiveness.
Representatives for Airbnb and HomeAway, two sites connecting renters and tenants, say they can accept simple regulations.
Lawmakers must give their recommendations to the full House by Dec. 1.
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