July 22, 2017

Homeowner, displaced travelers question city after Sartell bans Airbnb

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This is how Andrea Cox describes the recent decision of Sartell City Council to ban short-term rentals such as Airbnb in residential areas.

Cox was scheduled to stay at Sartell resident Julie Meyer’s house on Connecticut Avenue South next weekend. But Meyer was forced to abruptly cancel the reservations after receiving a letter from the city dated May 1 that mandated she remove her home from home-sharing internet sites and cancel existing reservations.

“This is both unfair and absurd. I have had a reservation with Ms. Meyer for many months, and suddenly I find myself without a place to stay,” Cox said.

Cox lives in Madison, Wisconsin, and is visiting Central Minnesota next weekend with a friend to participate in the We Walk! Marathon on the Lake Wobegon Trail.

“Now I won’t be spending money in Sartell,” Cox said. “We can’t find anything equivalent to a two-bedroom apartment. … We’re staying in a Super 8 somewhere.”Sartell City Council voted unanimously April 24 to deny a zoning ordinance amendment that would have allowed short-term rentals such as Airbnb and Vacation Rental By Owner in […]

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