Vermont lawmakers consider regulations for Airbnb
Sep. 21, 2017
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — State officials are working with Vermont residents who use Airbnb to determine if new legislation is needed to regulate the service.
Vermont Public Radio reports (http://bit.ly/2wAA0EG ) state lawmakers this week commissioned the Short-Term Rental Working Group to survey activity in the Vermont. A report on the more than 3,600 homeowners using Airbnb is expected this month.
The group is expected to recommend if Airbnb hosts should register with the state. Department of Health official Lillian Colasurdo says determining what level of regulation is needed may be difficult.
Airbnb is cooperating with the state and advising hosts to be vocal about any proposed regulation. Company spokesman Peter Schottenfels says Airbnb is glad Vermont is pursuing "sensible short-term rental policies."
Airbnb had previously agreed to pay a rooms-and-meal tax for its hosts.
Information from: WVPS-FM, http://www.vpr.net