City Council tables new short term rental standards
COLUMBIA - Columbia City Council is expected to table an ordinance setting new standards for short term rentals, like Airbnbs, at Mondays' city council meeting.
The new standards were originally intended to collect lodging taxes from individuals operating short term rentals, similar to hotels. However, a staff report to the Planning and Zoning Commission said applying the tax would require separate legislation.
These new rules have been in development for over one year and separates short term rentals into two different categories, hosted and un-hosted.
Hosted short term rentals are defined as residences where the owner can access 24-hours a day and is the primary residence of the owner for over 270 days a year. While, un-hosted short term rentals are defined as residences where it is not occupied by the owner for under 270 days a year.
The new standards will go back in front of council on January 21 2020.