Sandy City weighs the pros and cons of allowing short-term rentals
SANDY CITY —
(KUTV) If you want to get away but don't like the feel of a hotel, perhaps renting a home for a few nights might be what you're looking for. There’s no shortage of homes to rent or ways to rent them. Webstes like VRBO.com and airbnb.com list millions of homes for rent worldwide - thousands here in Utah.
But therein lies a problem. In many cities in Utah, it is against the law to rent a home out for a few days at a time. Yet it's happening. Air B and B says people in the state of Utah earned $35.5 million from 246-thousand short term renters on just their site in 2016.
It’s a fact that has left many municipalities trying to figure out what to do. At Sandy City Hall, city leaders have been attacking the issue for about a year.
Council Member Maren Barker says it's been a heated debate , trying to strike a balance between a property owner's right to do what they want with their home and a neighborhood's right not to find itself overrun with rentals.
It’s also a safety issue. Hotels undergo regular inspections for things like fire extinguishers and smoke detectors and are legally required to keep rooms sanitary. In a city where short-term-rentals aren't legal there are no city inspections.