This afternoon the City Council voted to approve the third piece of the short-term rental (i.e. AirBnB) regulatory structure, completing the Council’s work on regulating the nascent but quickly growing market.
The third and final piece of Seattle’s short-term rental regulation scheme passed out of committee this morning, though it still might see some changes before it is voted into law next Monday.
Lots of goings on today…
This morning’s big story: yesterday’s release of the final EIS for the proposed city-wide upzone of urban villages.
This coming Monday the Council will try to pass the proposed regulations on short-term rentals, such as those listed on AirBnB. But first they have a few more amendments to consider.
Today’s meetings were short and to the point.
Despite the fact that Tim Burgess has moved up to the 7th floor to inhabit the Mayor’s office, his long-in-the-works ordinance regulating short-term rentals (a la AirBnB, VRBO, and other companies) is far from dead.
This morning, Council member Burgess had a hearing on his latest attempt to pass a regulatory system for short-term rental housing.
After several quiet months, Council member Tim Burgess’s attempt to regulate short-term rentals listed through AirBnB, VRBO, HomeAway and other services is back. There are a handful of revisions to the plan, and this time there’s real legislation to be introduced into the Council’s legislative process.
Last week a new report came out on AirBnB’s “home sharing” business, and it questions the view that the company is about sharing that extra room in your house.