Under my bill, a local government could not prohibit short-term rentals nor treat them differently from any other form of housing. My bill would force local governments to apply the same regulations irrespective of whether the property is not rented, rented long term, or rented short term. It is my hope that local governments will address “good neighbor” concerns as they arise. This can be done by using existing nuisance ordinances rather than solely focusing on the use of the property as a short-term rental.
JM: Why is local preemption for short-term rentals one of your priorities this year?
GS: I am a private property rights advocate, and I firmly believe it is not the role of governments to pick winners and losers. Property owners who own their homes and live in them full time, property owners who choose to rent their property on a long-term basis, and property owners who choose to use their property as a short-term rental all have the same protections under our constitution. It is incumbent on government to treat them equally.