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Exploring the Regulation of Short-Term Rentals

Exploring the Regulation of Short-Term Rentals

68 min
Credit: AICP CMCNU-A

This course is approved for 1 AICP CM credit.

This course will provide an overview of recent short-term rental trends, the impact of short-term rentals on local and national housing markets, the potential effects of short-term rentals on neighborhoods and adjacent properties, and the zoning and licensing requirements emerging as a means of regulating short-term rentals.

In This Course

  1. The instructor introduces the course.
  2. Recent Trends in Home Sharing Practices
    In this chapter, we will explore the basics of short-term rentals, how they are defined (single room, multiple rooms, or an entire property), and some of the online platforms that have increased avenues for marketing these rentals.
  3. General Public Concerns with Short-Term Rentals
    This chapter explores the lack of existing regulations that govern short-term rentals. We will also identify a list of concerns associated with short-term rentals.
  4. Zoning and Location Requirements for Short-Term Rentals
    In this chapter, we will explore various short-term rental requirements and guidelines that have been recently adopted into zoning codes across the nation. We will also look into appropriate zoning categories that allow for short-term rentals. We will also touch on processes of approval.
  5. Licensing Options to Accommodate Short-Term Rentals
    This chapter explores licensing options that can supplement zoning regulations that support short-term rentals. We will explore the difference between zoning and licensing, and we will also cover basic license requirements that seem to be useful to most of the communities that have implemented them.
  6. Short-Term Rentals for a Primary Residential Use
    As policy makers work to accommodate short-term rentals, they are often faced with the decision to make the rentals limited to the primary place of residence, or to consider allowing the rental of secondary or uninhabited residences. In this chapter, we will explore regulations that restrict short-term rentals to a primary place of residence.
  7. Accessory Short-Term Rentals and Vacation Homes
    In this chapter, we will explore the implications of allowing short-term rentals through investment properties in the form of accessory units or vacation rental homes.
  8. Enforcement Options
    To legally operate these rentals, many communities have adopted zoning and licensing regulations, as discussed in previous chapters. In this chapter, we will explore how these new regulations are being upheld and enforced.
  9. Business Licensing, Lodgers Tax and the Implications
    In this chapter, we will explore requirements for business licensing and taxation as part of the operation of short-term rentals. The consideration of short-term rentals as commercial uses allows them to be treated similar to other lodging enterprises. We will touch on how this classification has been beneficial to some communities.
  10. Closing Thoughts
    We have explored new policies and regulatory frameworks that have been recently implemented to address short-term rentals. This course provides perspective for future policy making that will allow short-term rentals to continue to provide economic benefit to a municipality while protecting residents and neighborhoods.

Published 2017