Superior Council considers allowing short-term rentals – Superior Telegram

SUPERIOR – Short-term rentals like those listed on Airbnb and VRBO may soon be allowed in Superior.

The city’s Licensing and Fees Committee on Monday, June 13, approved the wording of a draft ordinance that would impose similar requirements on people who rent out their properties on a short-term basis to those applied to hotels, motels and homes. of rooms at Superior.

Under the proposed order, landlords who offer short-term accommodation would be required to license the property on a seasonal or year-round basis. The property should be approved by building and fire inspectors and the health department. It establishes the licensee’s responsibilities, such as maintaining guest registers with arrival dates and times; retain guest names, addresses and license numbers; maintain safe, clean, orderly and sanitary conditions; and provision of a caretaker within a radius of 25 miles available 24 hours a day.

The reason is to make sure the city doesn’t miss out on any short-term rentals, Mayor Jim Paine said.

“Overall, the people who operate Airbnb commercially are pretty good,” Paine said. “They comply with the hotel and motel tax and pay what they need. But there are a lot of people who might do it very temporarily that we wouldn’t know about.

The goal isn’t to be heavy-handed, but the order is designed to treat Airbnb-style rentals like hotels and motels that operate in the city, Paine said.

“If I were to rent my house for Grandma’s weekend and that’s all I did, I might not even know the hotel and motel tax existed,” said Paine. “I could list and call it good. If I don’t meet this requirement, Airbnb will say, “You don’t meet our requirements.” You need to fetch this license.

Paine said when a community has a licensing requirement, Airbnb and VRBO will not list a property that does not meet it.

“I didn’t realize that Airbnb, VRBO could help be that check and balance in the system; I actually like it,” said committee chair Brent Fennessey. “It would ensure that the right tax is collected, that everyone is playing by the same set of rules, if you will.”

Councilor Lindsey Graskey asked how the city knows if people are listing their properties and asked if city staff look up properties listed on accommodation websites.

Paine acknowledged that it was a “hodgepodge”. He said while some are reaching out to the city, officials are reaching out to others to try to identify them.

He said having an ordinance to regulate them would require less detective work from the city.

“This is a growing business and would be useful for a few city departments,” Paine said.

While the original draft of the ordinance included restrictions on the number of licenses that could be issued, the committee decided not to include the restriction.

“We see that some of the Airbnbs we have in Superior have been restored and the owners have invested a fair amount of money in these properties,” Fennessey said. He said properties used for temporary accommodation are being repaired at a faster rate than a typical long-term rental unit.

The committee also changed the annual license period to run from January 1 to December 31, which would begin in 2023 if passed by the city council. The deadline for applying for licenses and renewals would be November 1. The fee for the new license would be $50 on an annual basis or $10 per month for people who only provide short-term accommodation for four months or less per year. A health inspection fee of $15 would be added.

The council will consider the ordinance at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 21, in Room 201 of the Government Center.

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