July 20, 2017

City Council revises proposal addressing short-term housing rentals



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After facing backlash over restrictions on short-term rentals like Airbnb & VBRO in Seattle, the city has now revised its rules. (Photo: KOMO News) After facing backlash over restrictions on short-term rentals like Airbnb & VBRO in Seattle, the city has now revised its rules. (Photo: KOMO News) After facing backlash over restrictions on short-term rentals like Airbnb & VBRO in Seattle, the city has now revised its rules. (Photo: KOMO News) SEATTLE – When Sandy Martin moved to Seattle from the Silicon Valley three years ago she couldn’t find work, so she turned to the online platform Airbnb to slow the rapid drain of her savings account.

Martin said she used the online short-term rental platform to rent out the two empty bedrooms in her Fremont home and found success.

“The income helps me because I’m moving towards retirement and so I want to build up my savings, my social security, so it will be easier,” Martin said.

But, when the Seattle City Council last year started talking about tightly regulating VRBO, Airbnb and other short-term rental platforms – possibly even capping the number of days an owner can rent- Martin became worried.

She showed up at Council meetings and testified.

“I think […]

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