State Senate passes bill to register AirBnB and third party rental homes
NEWPORT, R.I. (WLNE)- A bill is passing through the Statehouse that could impact the future of vacation homes in The Ocean State.
The State Senate has approved a bill that would require all AirBnB and third party rental homes to register to a state database.
“The bill passed by the Senate is unworkable, violates federal law and won’t solve problems or address the concerns of communities. Communities requiring residents who rent their homes to register is a reasonable approach, but creating a statewide registry and requiring platforms to pre-qualify registrations is not feasible, especially since the bill provides no mechanism for short-term rental platforms to verify registration information.
“Further, according to the RI Department of Business Regulation, the registry created by this bill would trigger building and fire and safety requirements, which would mean homeowners would have to install sprinkler systems and be subject to regular fire and safety inspections. This is an unfair burden on Rhode Island homeowners who choose to earn extra income by renting out their properties. It’s a sledge hammer approach by the legislature when communities already have the tools and resources to regulate rentals.”
The bill currently awaits approval from the State House of Representatives.