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An Ohio bill would protect short-term rentals for up to 30 days

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — GOP lawmakers have proposed legislation that would prohibit villages, cities and other local governments from banning short-term rentals in their communities. The bill is aimed at housing options offered by companies such as AirBNB or vacation stay company VRBO. Bill co-sponsor Rep. Sarah Fowler Arthur is a Republican from Ashtabula in… Read More

Athens City Hall is seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Concerns about proposed short-term rental ordinance in Athens turn on definition of ‘owner occupied’

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — A handful of residents once again raised concerns over a proposed ordinance that would regulate short-term rentals in Athens during Monday night’s City Council meeting. The issue is whether the owner of a short-term rental must be living in the home during the rental period. Those with concerns about how the… Read More

Athens City Hall is seen in Athens, Ohio, on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. [Joseph Scheller | WOUB]

Athens City Council takes up proposal to regulate short-term home rentals

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ATHENS, Ohio (WOUB) — The Athens City Council is considering a proposal which would require homeowners to get a permit to do short-term rentals. Homeowners in Athens can already rent out their homes or rooms in their homes using services like Airbnb and Vrbo. There’s no law against that. What the proposed new system would… Read More