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File No. 119

    February Session, 2018

Substitute Senate Bill No. 356

Senate, March 28, 2018

The Committee on Housing reported through SEN. SLOSSBERG of the 14th Dist. and SEN. HWANG of the 28th Dist., Chairpersons of the Committee on the part of the Senate, that the substitute bill ought to pass.

AN ACT CONCERNING LICENSING AND REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR OPERATORS OF CERTAIN SHORT-TERM RENTAL PROPERTIES.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives in General Assembly convened:

Section 1. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2018) For the purposes of this section and section 2 of this act:

(1) "Booking services" means a reservation or payment service that facilitates a short-term rental transaction between a short-term rental operator and a potential guest of a short-term rental property.

(2) "Guest" means any person renting a short-term rental property.

(3) "Short-term rental property" means a dwelling unit, or any portion thereof, that is (A) offered to a guest as temporary lodging for a fee for fewer than thirty consecutive nights, and (B) not a hotel or motel.

(4) "Short-term rental operator" means any owner or tenant of a short-term rental property who offers such property for rent on a short-term rental platform.

(5) "Short-term rental platform" means any platform, including an Internet web site, that (A) allows a short-term rental operator to offer a dwelling unit, or portion thereof, for use as a short-term rental property, (B) allows potential guests to arrange payment for use of a short-term rental property, whether such guest pays directly to the short-term rental operator or to the short-term rental platform, and (C) derives revenues from providing or maintaining booking services for a short-term rental property.

Sec. 2. (NEW) (Effective October 1, 2018) (a) Any municipality may adopt an ordinance or regulation concerning short-term rental properties. Such ordinance or regulation may include, but need not be limited to, (1) licensing requirements and procedures for short-term rental operators; (2) a requirement that each short-term rental operator provide to such municipality for each short-term rental property (A) the maximum number of guests, (B) the number of off-street parking spaces reserved for guests, and (C) a signed declaration stating such short-term rental property meets the requirements of all applicable state and local building codes; (3) limitations on the operation and use of short-term rentals, including hours, dates and zones of use; (4) licensing fees; and (5) a penalty for each violation of the ordinance or regulation.

(b) No person shall act as a short-term rental operator in this state after July 1, 2019, unless such person has registered as a short-term rental operator in the municipality in which the short-term rental property is located, on a form and in a manner prescribed by such municipality. Each municipality may impose a penalty for each violation of this subsection.

This act shall take effect as follows and shall amend the following sections:

Section 1

October 1, 2018

New section

Sec. 2

October 1, 2018

New section

HSG

Joint Favorable Subst.

 

The following Fiscal Impact Statement and Bill Analysis are prepared for the benefit of the members of the General Assembly, solely for purposes of information, summarization and explanation and do not represent the intent of the General Assembly or either chamber thereof for any purpose. In general, fiscal impacts are based upon a variety of informational sources, including the analyst's professional knowledge. Whenever applicable, agency data is consulted as part of the analysis, however final products do not necessarily reflect an assessment from any specific department.


OFA Fiscal Note

State Impact: None

Municipal Impact:

Municipalities

Effect

FY 19 $

FY 20 $

Various Municipalities

Revenue Gain

Potential

Potential

Explanation

The bill results in a potential revenue gain to municipalities that choose to impose licensing fees, or monetary penalties, on operators of short-term rental properties. Any revenue gain would vary based on the ordinances adopted by municipalities, and the number of operators who register.

The Out Years

The annualized ongoing fiscal impact identified above would continue into the future subject to the provisions of any ordinances adopted by municipalities.

OLR Bill Analysis

sSB 356

AN ACT CONCERNING LICENSING AND REGISTRATION REQUIREMENTS FOR OPERATORS OF CERTAIN SHORT-TERM RENTAL PROPERTIES.

SUMMARY

This bill (1) authorizes municipalities to adopt an ordinance or regulation governing short-term rental properties and (2) prohibits anyone from operating such a property after July 1, 2019 without registering as a short-term rental operator with the municipality in which the property is located. Registration must take place on a form and in a manner that the municipality prescribes.

The bill also authorizes municipalities to (1) include a penalty provision in any short-term rental ordinance or regulation and (2) impose penalties after July 1, 2019 for violating the registration requirement.

EFFECTIVE DATE: October 1, 2018

DEFINITIONS

The bill defines “short-term rental property” as a dwelling unit, or any part of it, that is (1) offered to a guest as temporary lodging for a fee for fewer than 30 consecutive nights and (2) not a hotel or motel. “Short-term rental operator” means an owner or tenant of a short-term rental property who offers the property for rent on a short-term rental platform.

Under the bill, “short-term rental platform” means any platform, including an Internet website, that (1) allows a short-term rental operator to offer a dwelling unit, or any part of it, for use as a short-term rental property; (2) allows potential guests to arrange payment for short-term rental property use, whether directly to the operator or to the platform; and (3) derives revenues from providing or maintaining booking services for a short-term rental property. "Booking services" means a reservation or payment service that facilitates a short-term rental transaction between a short-term rental operator and a potential guest of a short-term rental property.

ORDINANCE OR REGULATION PROVISIONS

Under the bill, a municipal ordinance or regulation on short-term rental properties may include the following:

COMMITTEE ACTION

Housing Committee

Joint Favorable Substitute

Yea

8

Nay

4

(03/14/2018)

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