TWINSBURG – The city now has regulations in place which govern short-term rental properties. City Council unanimously passed the ordinance, which establishes Chapter 771 of the codified ordinances, at its Oct. 8 meeting.

The ordinance defines "short-term rental" as any dwelling that is rented wholly or partly for a fee for less than 30 consecutive days per visit by persons other than the permanent owner or occupant.

Law Director David Maistros said the chapter allows the city to establish a registry of properties which are rented out on a short-term basis. It requires that owners or occupants of such properties obtain a permit each year for an annual fee of $75.

Applications for new permits must be submitted to the building commissioner, and the permits will expire at the end of each year. The ordinance outlines information which property owners or occupants must submit with the applications.

Changes in ownership of properties will void the existing permits and require new owners/occupants to submit new applications. Occupancy will be limited to two individuals per bedroom in the dwelling units.

Short-term rental hosts must obtain liability insurance with minimum coverage of $300,000. Cancellation of insurance will result in automatic revocation of short-term rental permits. Hosts must retain records to demonstrate compliance with the regulations.

The chapter also spells out grounds for denial of permits and procedures for appealing denials or suspensions.

Also, owners/occupants of short-term rental properties are prohibited from discriminating against any protected class seeking a short-term rental.

Anyone who violates the requirement to obtain a permit will be guilty of a fourth-degree misdemeanor and subject to a fine up to $250 or 30 days in jail, or both. Subsequent convictions will result in a third-degree misdemeanor and a fine up to $500 or 60 days in jail, or both.

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