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1281 Homes Blog: Seattle passes sweeping short term rental laws, limits Airbnb hosts to two units & Phone rental questions web site BELOW
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018 PROPERTY NEWS: Seattle passes sweeping short term rental laws, limits Airbnb hosts to two units & Phone rental questions web site BELOW

Homeowners and landlords in Seattle who want to rent out their property via short term rental services like Airbnb are about to have a whole new set of laws they have to comply with.

Most notable among the new laws passed this week by the Seattle City Council is a new regulation that limits short term rental hosts to only two units.
The council approved a new set of regulations designed to prevent property owners from operating Airbnbs and other short term rentals as if they were hotels. The legislation is part of a larger effort to ensure an adequate supply of long term rental stock for the citys permanent residents.
The new rules limit hosts to two dwelling units each and require them to obtain special licenses to operate short term rentals. The regulations also require short term rental platforms like Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO to obtain a special platform license to facilitate bookings in Seattle.

The laws dont limit all hosts to two units. There are some exceptions.
The amended legislation approved exempts some Airbnb hosts from the two unit maximum. Hosts already operating a short term rental in the Downtown Urban Center (south of Olive Way and north of Cherry St.) will not be subject to any limits on the number of units they can rent. Outside of the downtown core, hosts who were already operating a short term rental by Sept. 30, 2017 will be permitted to rent out their primary residence and an additional two units. New Airbnb hosts are limited to just two units total.

SOURCE: GeekWire

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