New Short-Term Rental Regulations Approved in Clark County

LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Soon, new regulations will come into effect for short-term rentals in Clark County. Commissioners voted to approve new regulations on where they can go and how many there will be.

There are expected to be 3,000 Airbnbs operating legally in areas of the county, but experts said there are already thousands more than that, and some are concerned about how it will happen.

“These properties help families who want to come here and vacation,” said Vice Realty owner Derek Moellinger. “Obviously, Las Vegas is a huge destination.”

Vice Realty helps people looking for Airbnb. It’s an industry where people can make a lot of money.

On Tuesday, the county approved new regulations with several rules, including one license per person, a maximum occupancy set at two people per room or 10 people per unit and a two-night minimum stay.

The other big rule is that short-term rentals must be within 1,000 feet of each other.

“Right now people are really confused, they don’t know what the law is, what it’s not, or how they’re going to make their places legally compliant,” Moellinger said.

Moellinger said he estimates there are about 12,000 short-term rentals in operation in the county, but the county only allows 3,000. He added that he is concerned that people who own them already don’t sell.

“It’s people’s business, and they don’t know what will happen in the next six months,” he said. “An average family home that has three bedrooms, two bathrooms and I get $1,800 a month for that and I was getting $10,000 on Airbnb, my profit margin is lower.”

The county also plans to strengthen law enforcement.

“It’s important to remember that Airbnb is illegal in Clark County, getting our hands on it is the most important part,” County Commissioner Tick Segerblom said.

Segerblom noted that there will be a 24-hour phone number for people to report issues to the county.

“We will be hiring new code enforcement officers who can come out when we receive a complaint,” he said.

CAMCO operates HOAs throughout the Valley. CEO Joel Just said the company needs to look at how to regulate this development.

“We have attorneys who represent the HOA and they review what the responsibilities of the HOA are,” he said.

Moellingher also added that he thinks a lot more bonding will happen between Airbnb hosts. The application process will begin in September, but the regulations will come into effect next spring.

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