Short-term rental property owners will need to register with the city to operate at Pearland

On October 25, Pearland City Council approved an ordinance requiring a registration program to operate short-term rentals. (Courtesy of Pexels)

Owners of short-term rentals, such as AirBnB and VRBO, will need to register with the City of Pearland in order to operate within its business boundaries.

On October 25, Pearland City Council approved an ordinance that creates the requirement for a registration program to operate short-term rentals in the city and ultimately requires owners of short-term rental properties to pay. hotel occupancy tax, or HOT, at Pearland.

Pearland defines a short-term rental as a residential living unit or a room in a residential living unit that is temporarily rented out for pay for less than 30 consecutive days, according to the documents on the agenda.

“[Once the ordinance passes] we will formalize a real agreement with LodgingRevs, which is our recommended vendor and owns the cloud-based software system, ”said Tracy Rohrbacher, executive director of the Pearland Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Once this contract is accepted by both parties, we will move into a process, which looks like a 10 week process, to create the right workflow for our needs. “

During the October 25 city council meeting, the ordinance was amended to include the condition that once the 10 week process is completed by the CVB and LodgingRevs, the city council will receive a presentation on what is recommended to city ​​to collect HOT taxes. .

The amendment was introduced by Council Member Luke Orlando, seconded by Council Member Alex Kamkar and adopted unanimously.

” At the end of [the 10 weeks], we would be able to provide an update, if the board so wishes, on what this will look like before actually launching communications with owners of short-term rental housing, ”said Rohrbacher.

Once city council approves a system for collecting HOTs from owners of short-term rental housing, they will need to register online and taxes will be based on 7% of the short-term rental rate, a. -she adds.

At the city council meeting on October 11, the city council approved an ordinance establishing a committee responsible for evaluating regulatory options, such as permits, inspection requirements, occupancy limits and more, according to the documents on the agenda.

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