June 25, 2017

Senate measure would tie municipal hands on Airbnb rules

A computer screen shows details of Airbnb page on its web site in Saransk, Russia, on December 12 2015. Selective focus
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It would be a lot harder for municipalities to inspect vacation and short-term rentals, like Airbnb, under a last-minute amendment attached to House Bill 654, which was approved May 18 by the NH Senate.

Under the measure – which also establishes a committee to study regulation and taxation of vacation and short-term rentals – only if the municipality can get a court order showing that it has probable cause that the dwelling is “unfit for human habitation” can such inspections be made without the owner’s permission.

The amended bill also forbids a municipality from demanding a certificate of occupancy and defines a vacation or short-term rental as “any individually or collectively owned single-family house or dwelling unit or any unit or group of units in a condominium, cooperative, or owner-occupied residential home, that is offered for a fee and for less than 30 consecutive days.“

The bill does make clear that the unit can’t be for non-residential use, such as for retail, restaurant, banquets […]

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