East Point, Georgia, is streamlining its permitting procedures for short-term rental properties, with city spokeswoman Shannon Wiggins saying 30 business licenses are currently issued for properties. Owners wishing to host short-term rentals must apply for a permit before placing listings online. A new tab for procedures on the East Point homepage leads to information for rentals with non-resident owners, as well as rentals in which the property is the owner's primary residence, but rooms are available for guests. “It's a way for people who have short-term rentals to apply for permits, pay their taxes, and also for people who want to make complaints,” Wiggins explained. Permit fees are $150 for rentals offering the entire property and $75 for rentals where the property owner lives on-site. “Our priority is to prioritize the quality of life of our residents as we make the home-sharing economy work for everyone in the city of East Point whether they're a property owner, manager, neighbor, tourist, or local business owner,” stated East Point Mayor Deana Holiday Ingraham.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (12/09/22) Adrianne Murchison