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File #: 0352-2019    Version:
Type: Ordinance Status: Passed
File created: 1/24/2019 In control: Rules & Reference Committee
On agenda: 2/4/2019 Final action: 2/6/2019
Title: To amend Chapter 598 of the Columbus City Code in order to clarify and amend regulations for short-term rental operations and hosting platforms, and to declare an emergency.
Sponsors: Michael Stinziano
Attachments: 1. Ordaining Language to 2145-2018, 2. 1st Amendment to 2145-2018, 3. 2nd Amendment to 2145-2018
Explanation

BACKGROUND
This legislation updates the current Columbus City Code for Chapter 598 to include and clarify regulations for Short-Term Rentals. Due to concerns and interest of community members after the initial passage, continuous clarification and amendments are deemed reasonable and necessary.
The City’s goal with the legislation is to balance the well-being and interests of City residents and visitors while allowing short-term rentals to operate and become a piece of the economic and tourism fabric in Columbus. Research and a nationwide scan of policies in other cities informed the legislation, as well as numerous meetings with impacted stakeholders such as residents and community members, the hosting platforms, short-term rental hosts, hotel/motel representatives, the tourism industry, and realtors.
Section 598.02(A)(2) related to prohibiting the operation of a short-term rental without a permit went into effect January 1, 2019. Sections 598.15 and 598.16 related to penalties for short-term rentals and hosting platforms would not go into effect until March 1, 2019.
Given the rapid growth and dynamic nature of short-term rentals, a thorough review and assessment of the current regulations for short-term rentals will occur 2 years from the January 1, 2019 implementation.

Emergency Justification: This legislation must be amended to emergency so that it takes effect by March 1, 2019 for penalties for short-term rentals and housing platforms.

Title

To amend Chapter 598 of the Columbus City Code in order to clarify and amend regulations for short-term rental operations and hosting platforms, and to declare an emergency.

Body

WHEREAS, the State of Ohio currently has no regulations on short-term rentals and online hosting platforms; and
WHEREAS, the City of Columbus has a 97% apartment occupancy rate in the downtown area and must consider the legal, health and safety concerns of renters and residential property owners; and
WHEREAS, short-term rent...

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