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Early results from Boise short-term rental ordinance points to low compliance – boisedev.com

In the first month and a half after Boise passed its new ordinance requiring short-term rentals to be licensed, less than 100 property owners filed paperwork with the city. 

Early data obtained through a public records reque…….

In the first month and a half after Boise passed its new ordinance requiring short-term rentals to be licensed, less than 100 property owners filed paperwork with the city. 

Early data obtained through a public records request by BoiseDev shows 92 short-term rentals, like Airbnb or VRBO, have headed to city hall for a license since the ordinance went into effect at the beginning of May. Deputy City Clerk Jaime Heinzerling said she knows this figure is far below what vacation rentals are expected to be out there, and a new round of education on the initiative should begin soon. 

She said earlier this summer there were another 20 or 30 rentals whose licenses are still pending due to missing paperwork, but once those come in the city will start a big push to license the other properties up. 

“The next step is we would go out and start looking at what’s listed out there and again do outreach,” she said. “Our goal is to educate people and gain compliance, not a heavy-handed approach, but going out, reaching out and educating again.”

Heinzerling said beyond this education push the city will be “complaint driven” and investigate properties for not being licensed if complaints are levied against them from neighbors or visitors. 

This ordinance and the issue of short-term rentals in general divided Boise City Council members, and residents of the city over the past year. Supporters of short-term rentals said regulations would heavily impact local property owners using the income to help survive the housing crisis themselves. Other residents, and Mayor Lauren McLean, say the ordinance was necessary to gather data about how many Airbnbs the city has, if they’re primarily owned by out-of-state investors of locals and ensure the city can reach the owners in case of an emergency. 

AirDna, a website that provides data on short-term rental markets to potential investors, estimates there were 1,191 active short-term rental listings in Boise earlier this year. This is up 52% from 786 the company estimated in June of last year. 

What does the data tell us?

The data set is small, but it points to some early trends in who owns short-term rentals in Boise and how they’re operated. 

Of the licensed listings, only 13 are owned solely by out-of-state owners, but Heinzerling said there are several properties with multiple owners, both in and out of state that can muddle the data. Sixteen of the properties are owner-occupied and 24 have the owner stay on the premise while guests are staying there. 

Two-thirds of the listings are for single-family homes and another 13 are for condos or townhomes. There are also thirteen accessory dwelling units, …….

Source: https://boisedev.com/news/2022/09/15/early-results-from-boise-short-term-rental-ordinance-points-to-low-compliance/

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