Baltimore city council to mull strict limits on Airbnb-type rentals

BALTIMORE (AP) — The Baltimore City Council is set to take up a bill imposing strict rules on short-term rentals made through Airbnb and other sites.

The Baltimore Sun reports it was introduced by Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young and Councilman Eric Costello on Monday.

The proposed legislation would impose the city’s 9.5 percent hotel tax on such rentals.

Additionally, the new bill would require hosts to register with the city and pay an annual $100 fee. Hosts would also be required to keep records of their guests and share them with city authorities if requested, as would online platforms.

The revised measure would allow people to rent out a single house or apartment that’s not their permanent residence for 60 days out of the year.

Baltimore brings in nearly $30 million annually from its hotel tax.

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Information from: The Baltimore Sun, http://www.baltimoresun.com

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