Seattle City Council Passes Per-Night Fees for Short-Term Rentals Like Airbnb

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 14, 2017

The City Council passed the new tax Monday with plans for the cost to be tacked onto guest bills starting in 2019. People renting a private or shared room in their house or apartment would pay $8 for every night they rent out their room; those renting out an entire house or apartment would pay $14 per night. That's a slight change from the $10 per night flat tax that was initially proposed in September.

The new taxes passed today are expected to raise about $7 million a year.

The tax is part of a set of regulations created to prevent property owners from operating Airbnbs and other short-term rentals as if they were hotels - part of a broader effort to ensure an adequate supply of long-term rental stock for the city's permanent residents. Regulations including limits on the number of short-term rentals a person can own will move back to committee before coming back to the full council. The bulk of that money will fund projects in the city's Equitable Development Initiative. Those who advocate for regulating and taxing short-term rentals, including Puget Sound Sage, say those types of rentals can take housing that would otherwise be affordable off the market, worsening the rental crunch and displacement.

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