The Smallest First Step

If the stakeholders in your city are at war over “to airbnb” or “not to airbnb”, it is sometimes wise to start by focusing on the smallest first step — airbnb host-resident “Private Room” Rentals in single family homes with a maximum of 1 or 2 bedrooms.

Many airbnb hosts fall into this category and the chance of irritating neighbors and generating an airbnb Horror Story is practically nil.

It is important that:

  • The cost to become licensed is reasonable (between $50 to $300 per year)
  • Lodging Tax, if applicable,┬áis collected and remitted to The City
  • The License Number appear in all print and online advertising
  • A basic home inspection is required to verify that rented bedrooms meet city code for a “legal” bedroom and there is no “imminent danger”.
  • Basic safety gear and contact information is provided

Possible options. If additional limitations were required, your city could consider:

  • Limiting the number of days per month or year that bedrooms can be rented
  • Limiting the specific areas of town where rentals would be permitted