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Bill proposed to add more restrictions for short-term rentals

Posted at 6:23 PM, Mar 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-03-09 18:23:44-05

Short-term rentals like Airbnb, Homeaway and VRBO are becoming popular options for people to stay when they're out of town.

Some Maryland lawmakers would like to add more regulations for those who rent these rooms or homes. 

Montgomery County Delegate William Frick is sponsoring a bill being proposed in Annapolis.

"A lot of home owners that have never been Airbnb operators before don't know that they don't know how to do that. There are local ordinances restricting where and when you can actually put these rooms up for rent.  So all we are trying to do is make sure there is a process for complying with the rules that are already on the books."  

Many of the short term rentals are posted on a main web site for renters to find rooms or homes.

Some of the new restrictions being proposed would require the operator be licensed by the Comptroller and require residential lodging be in accordance with the laws of the local jurisdiction.

If hosts are in violation of these rules, there could be fines. Some as high as $7,500.

Another requirement would be for the host to report more information to the state.  

"Well it's a lot of personally identifiable information that would sit on a public facing site. Folks that are opening up their homes should not be forced to share information that is critical to there livelihoods," said Brandon Hatton, an Airbnb host.

Lawmakers have been trying to pass similar legislation since 2015.