Citing his frustration with the city's inability to enforce its own laws, a Cleveland councilman is seeking a moratorium on short-term home rentals through year-end.
Legislation proposed by Councilman Tony Brancatelli would ban such rentals, including bookings through the popular Airbnb website, in residential districts. The legislation, introduced in late February, notes concerns about nuisances and "other illegal activity" amid the growth of Cleveland's home-sharing economy.
Brancatelli said he's actually a fan of Airbnb and other short-term lodging services. But after fielding complaints about a property in his ward, he's concluded that the city's regulations on the rentals are tough to enforce - and aren't being applied by the building department.