Toledo considers regulating short term rentals with permit system

The proposal to create a licensing system is expected to be discussed at the Council meeting on Tuesday, but a vote is unlikely.

TOLEDO, Ohio – Short-term rental app hosts like Airbnb and Vrbo may soon need special permission to work in the Toledo metropolitan area.

Some city guides say the new regulations are a public safety issue.

In their proposal, Councilors Katie Moline and Theresa Gadus cite safety and accountability as reasons for introducing a new licensing system that would require more than 150 short-term rental providers to register each of their properties with the city.

But some people strongly disagree.

Shelly Shaw, a three-year-old Airbnb host in Point Place, shared a letter with WTOL 11 she penned to the council setting out how she and others regulate themselves and believes the city is only trying to get permits to invoice without doing much for it.

Similar laws have popped up across the country and already exist in a few cities in Ohio, including Columbus.

Short term rentals would be far more demanding if passed as written here in Toledo. In the event of complaints, a contact person on site would be required around the clock. Liability insurance worth at least $ 1 million would be required. and simple things like occupancy, smoke detectors, and parking requirements would be implemented.

“One of my concerns is that we respond to any complaint within 45 minutes,” said Shaw. “What other stores in the city of Toledo have this regulation? What? Are regular landlords expected to do this? No. They can go weeks, months without hearing any loud noises from their tenants, long grass and rubbish in the yard react. “”

Shaw added that most of these regulations already exist for each of the platforms.

“They haven’t had to be regulated for the past 100 years,” she said. They rented out their short-term tenants, everyone was happy, there were no problems. So you say ‘why now’ again I think they’re just jumping on the bandwagon of ‘Hey, let’s get our piece of the pie.’ “

If it exists, every short-term landlord would have to apply for a permit from the city. It would come with a registration fee of $ 50 and each permit would have to be renewed annually.

Gadus and Moline were unavailable for further comments on Tuesday.

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