June 28, 2017

Albemarle supervisors pass new regulations for Airbnb-like services

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The Albemarle County Board of Supervisors has passed new regulations that will affect short-term lodging services like Airbnb. Under the new ordinances, people who rent out rooms for fewer than 30 days will be required to charge tenants a five-percent Transient Occupancy Tax.

Three percent of the tax will go toward the local tourism industry, while the remaining two percent will be used for general revenue.

Local hotels and bed and breakfast establishments already have to charge the fee.

Property owners for short-term rentals will also have to pass a safety inspection and acquire a business license.

When asked how the county plans to enforce these new rules, […]

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