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RPE July 24, 2014 at 01:11 PM
Agreed. If it's money the city wants, I would have to think getting money via citations, i.e.Read Morenoise violations, sticker parking violations, etc., would bring in more cash at a faster rate than requiring home owners to maintain a rental permit or pay a tax. Also, if real or theoretical extra cash from short term rentals would encourage home owners to either clean up their property or keep their property clean, I'm all for that.
mike westman July 24, 2014 at 01:36 PM
System of penalties is inefficient at best. It also makes the city an instant adversary for all. Read More The tax on short term rentals exists in other tourist areas and does not cause harm that is disproportionately biased against the rental owners. If you use more services then you should pay more....at least in theory.
RPE July 24, 2014 at 02:48 PM
Inefficient relative to what, collecting revenue? Perhaps. But certainly not any less efficientRead More(and probably more efficient) than trying to collect revenue via a tax or permit especially when property owners can refuse and do it anyway. Penalties or the threat of penalty is also way more efficient at curbing potential issues with short term rentals. Short term rentals are already "illegal" depending where you live in the city but of course take place with what seems to be great frequency. With the advent of AirBnB and similar sites, most property owners looking to rent short term are renting despite the ban and doing it in almost complete anonymity. If the city does decide to crack down, they are going to have to put a lot of effort into proving a short term rental took place in order to collect money. Who's to say the people staying there last weekend weren't friends or family or even strangers staying for free? It's a lot easier to prove noise is over a certain decibel level or a car doesn't have a resident sticker. Generally speaking, I don't usually buy into the consumption of resources reasoning. What is it that they are using more of and not paying for? I understand tourists don't pay property tax and use things like roads, police, and fire, but all of those things are paid for by city, state, and maybe even federal funding. On top of that, they're buying things which are taxed and speeding their money in places I wouldn't.
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