A bill that would make short-term rental (STR) registration a requirement and limit operators to just one unit per person in Alaska was introduced in the state House of Representatives. The bill’s sponsor, Rep. Andrew Gray (D-Anchorage), said he believes the bill will have a direct impact on increasing the supply of housing in Alaska and slowing down the rate of STR growth. The impact of STRs on the availability of affordable housing has been a topic of discussion at the local level, too. In a recent study commissioned by the City and Borough of Juneau, data indicated that on one given day in mid-February, there were an estimated 577 active and intermittent listings of short-term rentals across Juneau. Following the data being shared with the Assembly in early March, members approved the drafting of an ordinance that would effectively make it a requirement to register STRs with the city.
Juneau Empire (05/03/23) Clarise Larson