The short-term rental business may be in for some big changes in the Triad.
Over the past few years, there has been a rise in the number of Greensboro homeowners offering short-term rentals on their properties and requesting special-use permits from the city to do so. Public disturbance complaints have risen as well.
Officials have attempted to regulate this emerging market with the same rules used for tourist homes, or bed-and-breakfasts, but the soaring popularity of Airbnb, Vrbo, and other platforms makes those ordinances out of date.
A stakeholder group of roughly 14 rental owners and neighborhood representatives led by Mayor Nancy Vaughan was formed to study the issue.
Mike Kirkman, the zoning administrator for the City of Greensboro, says until now there has been no clear definition of what a short-term rental was.
"And so we’re going to define what that term means and put together some basic regulations on where they can locate, making sure that there’s a responsible party identified that’s responsible for that particular activity, and then kind of try to balance the desire to allow people to get income from their property while not creating a lot of adverse impacts for their neighbors," he says.
Kirkman adds that the new ordinance defines short-term rentals as 30 days or less. They require zoning permits including contact information about who is responsible for the unit.
The public hearing on the proposals is on March 1, 2023, in the City Council Chamber.