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Can Short-term Rentals Be Banned?

What are short-term rentals?

Short-term rentals are properties that are rented out for a flexible period of time, usually for a maximum period of 30 days. Travelers are very fond of short-term rentals because they provide a more homely, comfortable alternative to traditional hotels. In fact, you can find short-term rentals all over the world, and they are often listed on websites like Airbnb and Booking.com. Many people who own properties in popular tourist destinations will list their properties as short-term rentals in order to earn extra income. In some cases, short-term rentals may also be used by businesses for training events or meetings.

How do cities regulate short-term rentals?

The rise in popularity of short-term rentals has led to cities beginning to regulate them in recent years. As a matter of fact, there are some cities in the US that require short-term rental hosts to obtain a license in order to operate their business. There are often regulations associated with these licenses, such as limits on how many guests can stay at a property, or requirements that the property is located in a certain area. Additionally, some cities have created special zoning regulations in order to prevent short-term rentals from having a negative impact on the housing supply of the city as well.

Some cities have already adopted online applications for permits and/or licenses. In Atlanta city, applications for short-term rental licenses are available through their application portals. While there are cities that have yet to implement any regulations on short-term rentals, it is always best to check.

Short-term rental licensing

Obtaining short-term rental licensing is vital for anyone looking to rent out apartments via short to mid-term leases. Staykeepers can help you obtain a short-term rental license. We'll work with your team to gather all the required documentation and information for the application process, then manage and communicate with the authorities on your behalf to ensure this is hassle-free. We're not providing legal advice, but Staykeepers are project managing the application process for you.

If you want to learn more about how short-term rental works or need help getting started, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us. We’re always happy to help!

Reference for Atlanta: https://www.atlantaga.gov/government/departments/city-planning/ordinances-regulations/short-term-rental

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