Sunday, September 26, 2021

Lakewood Pumps stop the legalization of short-term leases

Want to become a Lakewood Airbnb host will need to wait a while.

The suburban city council has postponed a vote on whether to legalize short-term leases so that it can review certain regulations further.

The council was supposed to vote on the proposed law on August 23, but members said they needed more time to discuss rental taxes and zoning issues.

Mayor Adam Paul said at the meeting: “Not only on weekends, but also over the next period of time, more components of this work have become apparent.” “Some amendments have been proposed, and the community has not yet There is a real opportunity to weigh or see.”

Lakewood officials told BusinessDen that the Housing Policy Committee will hear the proposed rules, but has not yet set a date for these discussions.

Assemblyman Sharon Vincent told BusinessDen that these amendments were proposed at the beginning of the meeting and discussed with municipal staff before making them available to the public.

“For example, it’s easier to go back to the drawing board,” Vincent said.

As written during the August 23 meeting, the proposed law would allow people to rent out their homes for less than 30 days, which is usually done through websites such as Airbnb and Vrbo. Lakewood regulations currently stipulate that accommodation facilities must be registered in the city and must be located in specific subregions.

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Many people have not waited for legalization. A search on the Airbnb website on Wednesday morning showed that there were many listings within Lakewood City, a few of which had more than 100 reviews.

There were 19 comments on the Lakewood City Council meeting website, expressing varying degrees of support or opposition to the originally proposed law. The measure did not address how to levy hotel tax or tourist tax, nor did it discuss zoning changes.

The initial measures required those seeking permits to provide at least two street parking spaces and to notify all neighbors within a 250-foot radius of their application within 10 days.

According to the initial measures, Lakewood’s short-term rental properties are not allowed to operate within 300 feet of each other. Lakewood also needs to provide proof of in-person home inspection before issuing a permit.

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Lakewood Pumps stop the legalization of short-term leases
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