A short-term rental is defined as a rental in a single-family residence or apartment of 29 days or less, but is not a defined use within the city’s Integrated Development Ordinance and is currently regulated in the same way that other residential uses are regulated.
The resolution says that since the arrival of online short-term rental websites, the number of such properties has increased “significantly” in the city.
“This is just like any other task force,” said Councilor Diane Gibson, who sponsored the legislation establishing the advisory group. “We want to extend our knowledge base.”
Monte Harms, who operates an Airbnb in Albuquerque, told councilors he didn’t understand the need for a task force to explore short-term rentals.
“It seems the impetus of this was a party house on Airbnb or a couple more that had issues with noise or parking,” Harms said. “All of the other Airbnbs should not be regulated because of a bad apple. If there are these problems, shouldn’t the existing laws of the city take care of that?”
Airbnb Inc. is a San Francisco-based company operating an online marketplace and hospitality service that allows people to lease or rent short-term lodging in cottages, apartments, homestays, hostel beds or hotel rooms.