Some cities regulate or prohibit property owners from renting out their own house, or rooms within their house, on a short-term basis. These regulations are often targeted at sharing economy services like Airbnb and VRBO that facilitate owners in listing their own home as a place for a visiting stranger to rent for a few days as an alternative to a hotel room or other temporary tradidtional lodging.
While long-term renting is generally a permitted residential use, some cities construe short-term renting differently and consider it a prohibited residential use. While some cities apply their current zoning ordinance in a way that prohibits these services, others have explicit ordinances that restrict or regulate short-term rentals.
For this metric, we assumed a single family home on a 0.25 acre lot in a single-family residential zone with five existing family members residing in the home. Then we assumed a single room rental to non-family members on a short-term basis. Cities were scored based on how their policy or practice would restrict or otherwise regulate this proposed use of private property. In cases where no specific ordinance was found we called to verify how the city would approach this scenario.
We used the following scale for our policy score:
- Short-term rentals prohibited
- Short-term rentals allowed as a conditional use and/or regulated
- No specific restrictionson short-term rentals
To see a specific city's laws for this metric, click on its name in the right column, then find the = Short-term Rentals ?> row in the table below the Private Property category.