Last night, Denver’s City Council passed the short-term rental regulations recommended by the Planning Commission to the second reading, despite opposition from short-term rental platforms, such as HomeAway, and industry leaders regarding the “primary dwelling unit” requirement. City Council also voted down amendments to the proposed regulations submitted by two City Councilmembers.

The proposed regulations spearheaded by Councilwoman Mary Beth Susman and recommended by Denver’s Planning Commission last month may not have a clear path to approval by City Council. As discussed in a prior post, the proposed zoning regulations for short-term rentals, drafted after much consideration in public presentations and town hall meetings earlier this year, would permit properly licensed short-term rentals city-wide, subject to certain limitations. One of those limitations, which require the short-term rental unit to be the host’s primary residence, received significant push-back from several Denver residents who currently rent homes other than their primary residence on hosting websites such as Airbnb and VRBO.
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Recent growth in the short-term rental market has caused some cities to consider new regulations.

One of the biggest players in what’s been dubbed the “sharing economy” is Airbnb, a peer-to-peer lodging platform that makes it easy for homeowners or renters to open up their homes to strangers in the form of short-term lodging. For many of the families renting their homes or rooms in their homes on Airbnb and other sites, the income from a short-term rental can provide a financial cushion, and may be enough to make ends meet. One study commissioned by Airbnb found that a typical single-property host makes an average of $7,530 for renting an average of 66 days per year.
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