October 23, 2018 10:56 AM
(ABC 6 News) -- The question of regulating short-term online rentals, like Airbnb's, has been a topic of discussion for the city of Rochester for about a year, and city leaders still have different opinions on how to handle it.
In August 2018, the Rochester City Council requested city staff to look deeper into how they were running in the city. Right now, there are about 160 Airbnb's.
Some city leaders say some type of lodging tax is necessary and there should be certain safety regulations for renters to abide by. Others say regulating what renters can and can't do will be difficult and it isn't really necessary.
"This seems like a significant expansion of our process here and it's not being driven by a problem. It's being driven by expectations of problems," said Ward 3 Council Member Nick Campion.
"I like the idea of keeping it simple I don't want it to be too complex or have too much regulating but reassuring these neighborhoods, you hear some of the stories, and some of these things have taken on an impact on neighborhoods and we want to make sure we stay out of that," said Ward 1 Council Member Ed Hruska.
The Rochester City Council is expected to discuss this item at its next meeting.
Updated: October 23, 2018 10:56 AM
Created: October 22, 2018 09:39 PM
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