Seattle Refocuses On Short-Term Rentals

Seattle Refocuses On Short-Term Rentals

The Seattle City Council is working to get short-term rental legislation approved before the year’s end. In an important step forward, the council passed legislation regulating short-term rentals out of committee in September.

The goal of the legislation is to protect the supply of long-term rental housing stock, level the playing field in the short-term rental market and protect the rights and safety of guests and neighborhoods.

The legislation as drafted would require operators who list rentals on platforms like Airbnb and VRBO to have a special license in addition to a business license and pay a fee. Operators would be limited to two dwelling units in the city. The platforms themselves would be required to have a license, pay fees and provide data to the city.

The committee-approved draft legislation is moving forward for consideration by the Full Council, but has yet to be scheduled for review.

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