Ashland council looks at rentals

The Ashland City Council will consider whether to make it illegal to advertise a home to tourists for short stays without land-use approval, a business license and registration to pay city hotel taxes.

The council discusses the issue at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, in the Ashland Civic Center Council Chambers, 1175 E. Main St.

An increasing number of residents are offering their homes to tourists for short stays, aided by a proliferation of websites that connect homeowners with travelers. However, many Ashland homeowners are renting out their homes illegally. Short-term vacation rentals are not allowed in single-family zoned neighborhoods. They are allowed in multifamily zoned neighborhoods if various conditions are met.

Councilors will also consider whether to require fire inspections before homes can be rented out for short stays.

In other business Tuesday, councilors will hear a report that a ban on persistent lawbreakers downtown has helped reduce calls to police there.

See the agenda at

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