St. Paul wrestles with how to handle Airbnb

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Duluth, Savage, Burnsville, and Eagan have all proposed rules to help regulate short-term rental companies.

St. Paul is the latest Minnesota city to consider adding rules and regulations on short-term rentals like Airbnb, reports Bring Me the News.

The city council voted Wednesday, February 3, to have the Department of Safety and Inspections and the Department of Planning and Economic Development study Airbnb and other similar rental companies, to see if how they run is in line with current city rules.

Short-term rentals like Airbnb, VRBO, and HomeAway are mostly unregulated, leaving cities across the country “looking at whether they actually meet city and state lodging rules, building, and zoning codes,” said St. Paul city council member Chris Tolbert.

Tolbert told the Star Tribune the city isn’t trying to stop Airbnb, but said it’s an “unregulated area,” adding the departments may come back with no changes.

Last month, Duluth proposed rules to help regulate vacation rentals. Savage has regulations that effectively ban short-term rentals, and Burnsville is expected to vote on a measure that prohibits them. Eagan is also considering regulations on short-term rentals.

[H/T Bring Me the News]

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