Ashland, OR - The Ashland City Council has voted to require people who rent their property as tourist quarters to meet new requirements.
In business and multifamily zones, they'll need land-use approval, a business license and a fire inspection. They'll have to pay the city's 9 percent lodging tax.
Vacation rentals in the Southern Oregon tourist destination are illegal in single-family zones.
The Daily Tidings reports the restrictions on rentals in other zones were approved Tuesday
Owners of hotels, motels and bed-and-breakfasts supported them. Real estate agents opposed them, saying people buying property in Ashland find renting it out attractive and can make twice as much from tourists as long-term renters.
Online listings have made rentals easier. The city has budgeted for a code enforcement officer to crack down on illegal rentals.
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