Gov. Butch Otter has now signed a bill aimed at curbing local governments’ efforts to regulate homeowners who rent their homes through Airbnb or similar services.
Otter last week signed the "Short-term Rental and Vacation Rental Act", which ensures homeowners’ rights to rent their properties but still allows local regulation when “the public health, safety and welfare” are at stake. The bill passed the House 63-5 with two absentions and passed the Senate 35-0.
“This bill is a major win for the 2,000 Idahoans, the vast majority of whom are women and seniors, welcoming visitors to their state,” said Jasmine Mora, a spokeswoman for Airbnb, in a statement. “This legislation takes a balanced approach to ensuring families continue to have a variety of travel options while enabling cities to adopt reasonable regulations.”