June 28, 2017

St. Paul considers regulating Airbnb

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St. Paul’s Planning Commission held a public hearing Friday, as the city considers whether to add regulations for short term rentals like Airbnb and VRBO that would go into effect before the Super Bowl.

The regulations would look at where Airbnbs are located and their occupant number. The regulations would also add a licensing fee.

Some property owners say they’re concerned about whether they’ll be able to continue making a profit.

“I really want to make sure that the business continues,” said Shelly Campbell, who spoke at the hearing and owns an Airbnb property on the west side of St. Paul. “I know it is a business, but it is an asset to the neighborhood as well.”

Sean Doyle was another speaker at the hearing. He rents out two rooms in his home through Airbnb. He says he makes enough to cover his bills, but he is concerned about […]

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