Atlanta City Council Approves New Short-Term Rental Ordinance

The city of Atlanta is trying to put an end to party houses.

Atlanta City Council on Monday voted 13 to 1 to approve a new short-term rental ordinance that would affect people who use services like Airbnb or Vrbo to rent out their homes.

According to the new ordinance, tenants will have to apply for a permit from the Ministry of Planning and Community Development. This will incur a non-refundable application fee of $ 150.

As part of the request, the city council says tenants will “do their best to ensure that the use of the premises by short-term occupants will not disrupt the neighborhood and interfere with the rights of residents. neighboring properties. owners to the quiet enjoyment of their properties. “

Homeowners will now be financially responsible for any breach in their home – with a penalty of $ 300 per breach. After three violations at the same property, the City of Atlanta will ban short-term rental licenses for that property for one year.

Short-term rentals would also be subject to the 8% Georgia hotel and motel tax.

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The vote comes just days after Atlanta hosted NBA All-Star Weekend, where some visitors to the city used short-term rentals to host illegal parties.

An Atlanta couple returned to their Druid Hills home to find used condoms, piles of trash, burn markers on the floors, tables and appliances, and trash cans full of vomit on the property.

The couple claim their security cameras captured 43 people at their home on Friday night and more than 50 people on Saturday. In total, the damage to the house was over $ 8,300.

The new ordinance would come into effect on September 1 of this year.

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