July 22, 2017

Proposed Rules for Airbnb-style Rentals Headed to the County Council

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Planning Board recommends 90-day annual cap for short-term rentals except when hosts live onsite

Via Montgomery County Planning Department County planners on Thursday tweaked proposed rules for Airbnb-style services to remove a 90-day rental cap for homes where the host lives.

The Montgomery County Planning Board voted unanimously to send its recommendation to the County Council, which will now take up the text amendment.

Under the proposal, property owners who want to rent their homes on a short-term basis would have to secure a license through the county. Securing a license would involve paying a fee and notifying neighbors of the rental activity. Hosts would have to keep a list of all overnight visitors if a license was granted.

The drafted change prepared by county planning staff would’ve limited a host’s rental activity to 90 days. But after hearing public testimony from people who thought the provision would be too restrictive, the board changed the cap so it would only apply to people who don’t live in the home they’re renting.

Planner coordinator Greg Russ said this approach would line up with rules enacted in San Francisco.Rental stays that last longer than 30 consecutive days would not be categorized as “short-term,” according to […]

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