Four years after the “big bike race” made the topic a point of debate in Richmond, the city is on the verge of adopting new rules that would make short-term residential rentals permissible. The city planning department is soliciting feedback on a draft policy to regulate nightly rentals of rooms and homes such as those marketed through websites like Airbnb, FlipKey, HomeAway and VRBO. The proposed rules were presented to the planning commission this month and are being circulated for review before going to the commission and City Council for potential adoption.
The new rules would require anyone looking to rent out a property for less than 30 days at a time to obtain a permit, called a Certificate of Zoning Compliance for Short-Term Rental, at a cost of $300 to cover administration and monitoring costs to the city
We’ve discussed short term rentals on the site before, but what do you think? Do you see yourself being ok with short term neighbors? Technically, short term rentals are not allowed at all right now and these permits would potentially set a general framework on how to regulate non-compliant operators. If you’re interested in getting your opinion out there, you can complete this survey.