City leaders reviewing short-term stays in residential areas

City leaders reviewing short-term stays in residential areas

City leaders reviewing short-term stays in residential areas

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by KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 9:50 AM

Updated Saturday, Mar 29 at 9:50 AM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Spokane City leaders announced Friday that they are imposing a 120 day stay on complaints received about short-term online rentals in residential areas.

In a recent trend, many travelers around the world are choosing people's homes for a short stay rather than a traditional hotel or a quaint bed and breakfast. Earlier in March KREM 2 learned that legitimate owners of local bed and breakfasts and people who rent out a part of their homes to short-stay guests have been feuding over the legality.

City leaders said it is in an effort to understand the hospitality needs of the community and the effect of short-term stays in residential areas on neighborhoods and the hotel community.

READ: Battle over 'bed and breakfast' brewing in Spokane

During the stay, the city will continue to take complaints and concerns, but no action will be taken as it reviews all aspects with multiple groups.

City leaders said they will meet with Code Enforcement, Planning Department representatives, city council representatives, area Stake Holders and they will seek public input.

The stay on complaints begins April 1 and will last 120 days during the evaluation.

 

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