After longstanding complaints from local residents about so-called “party houses”, the city of Roseville has taken steps to regulate short-term rentals such as those arranged through sites like Airbnb and VRBO.
The city council met on Monday and agreed to impose a number of restrictions on non-owner short-term rentals following complaints about overnight or weekend party parties.
Under the new rules, passed 5-0, owners who rent out their properties for short-term stays are now required to obtain a license and pay the city’s housing tax. The minimum stay in houses where the owner is not present will be 10 days from May to September and seven days between October and April.
The new rules also include penalties for violations of noise, parking and antisocial behavior, with homeowners potentially being required to suspend their short-term rental licenses if there are two violations within 180 days.
The meeting was heard by several local residents affected by short-term rentals, many of whom lived on McCarrons Lake, and they called for either longer minimum stays – possibly 14 days – or the elimination of short-term rentals altogether.
One of those homeowners, Frank Hess, said of the meeting: “It’s really difficult to live next to one of these, and I don’t think you can understand how bad it is [living next to one]having new neighbors all the time and making our area almost a resort. “
Opposition to the restrictions came from Simon Opatz of the St. Paul Area Realtors Association, who said the problems in Roseville stem from a small number of homes and that he disagreed that “a few problematic properties are punishing.” Justify homeowners. ” Operation of short-term rentals without complaints. “
“Allowing weekend rentals will give your city an economic boost,” he said. “Roseville is in the best position to benefit from the spillage of events in the twin cities.”
However, another homeowner, Renee Pardello, said if Roseville really wanted to be a tourist destination like Brainerd or Duluth, she should come up with a formal plan to make it happen.
The council eventually agreed to a compromise that would not completely satisfy either side, imposing restrictions on non-owner-occupied short-term rentals, but not to the extent requested by locals complaining about “party houses”.
“A number of people wanted us to ban them all together,” said Councilor Julie Strahan, adding, “I think we have more power when we allow them and have regulation around them.”