Sandy City weighs the pros and cons of allowing short-term rentals

Sandy City weighs the pros and cons of allowing short-term rentals (Photo: KUTV)

(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 and 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.

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