N&O: Raleigh delays vote – again – on Airbnb rules

BY PAUL A. SPECHT

RALEIGH 

The city still has no regulations for residents who rent out their homes through websites like Airbnb and VRBO.

The Raleigh City Council on Tuesday delayed a vote on proposed rules that would allow most residents to rent out their homes for up to 30 days at a time. The practice is currently banned in Raleigh, but city officials are allowing hosts to operate while they hammer out regulations.

Tuesday’s move came eight months after the council created a task force to research short-term residential rentals. The group drafted a set of rules that aim to help protect neighborhoods from excess noise and traffic while also helping the tourism industry and residents who rely on rental revenues.

The group suggested categorizing short-term rentals into three types: Type 1 would have a property manager on-site throughout the rental period. Type 2 would require a manager to be on-site 181 days of the year, but not during the rental period. Type 3 wouldn’t require a manager at all, but would only be allowed in mixed-use districts.

Each host would apply for a permit and pay a $150 fee, and then pay an $82 renewal fee each year.

Rather than vote on the proposal, the City Council voted to send it to the Economic Development and Innovation Committee, led by Mayor Nancy McFarlane.

The vote comes almost exactly a year after the council sent a different set of short-term rental regulations to the same committee. That was on June 7, 2016, after the council failed to adopt rules in a 4-4 vote.

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