Recent updates have many local residents abuzz about short-term rentals in Auburn. While some zones allow it, others don’t. Not to mention, many people find the topic divisive in general—potentially making the location of your home a big deal. Whether you’ve been following the news or we just piqued your interest, read on to learn more about where these zones are located—and what they mean for you.
What are short-term rentals?
Before we get to short-term rentals in Auburn, let’s explain them in general. Short-term rentals are places that you can rent on, you guessed it, a short-term basis. These places come furnished. As for the rental period, it usually ranges from a few days to a few weeks.
In other words? Think Airbnb and VRBO rentals! That’s not all, though. These houses can also offer folks a place to live as they wait for their previous homes to sell—or their new ones to open up.
Short-term rental changes in Auburn
Running a short-term rental isn’t as easy as making a listing online. You also have to follow a set of rules—ones which recently met another set of restrictions.
In March 2021, the Auburn City Council voted to add prohibitions to the city’s short-term rental requirements. Among them? Specific restricted neighborhoods, where short-term rentals are not allowed, as well as stricter policies for conduct among rental properties.
Reception to the changes
Of course, these developments inspire differing opinions. Some find it heartening that their neighborhoods can bypass the possible disruptive behavior of short-term renters.
Others believe that recent changes in the short-term rental zoning infringes on their rights as homeowners by preventing them from renting out their homes as they wish. In late June, a group of locals has since sued the City of Auburn to push back against new restrictions.
Seeing if your zone allows short term rentals
Not sure if your home is in an allowed area for short-term rentals? Luckily, there’s a quick and easy way to see if your zone allows short term rentals in Auburn. Click to visit this page. Then, enter your address, and see the result. NOTE: Enter your address in the following format: “123 Main St” with no periods. If you enter punctuation, your address may not pull up.
Want to purchase your own rentable property? Prefer to live a neighborhood without rentals? Recent developments in the short-term rental scene may have made a new opportunity possible for you, depending on the zone your home falls under.
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