Friday was a bad day for Rentberry in Seattle. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Jones ruled against it in its lawsuit challenging the City of Seattle’s moratorium on rent-bidding web sites. And in a separate case, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals dealt a blow to Rentberry’s key argument — and its best hope of winning on appeal.
Tomorrow a bill will be introduced into the City Council’s legislative process that repeals the tax imposed last year on short-term rentals such as those offered through AirBnB and HomeAway. But if you thought the city might be turning over a new leaf in its tax policy, think again.
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.