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    New Asheville Area Airbnb Rules? State Lawmakers, County at Odds; Bill to Nix Local Rules

    VRMA Staff is currently engaged on this bill.

    As Asheville home Buncombe County, N.C., consider a crackdown on short-term rentals (STRs), influential state lawmakers are pushing in the opposite direction, proposing a law to strip away many existing local rules. After an analysis showed that STR numbers had grown 717 percent in seven years to 10,187 countywide, including in Asheville and other municipalities, County Board of Commissioners Chair Brownie Newman has described more aspects of possible new rules for unincorporated areas. "I think the Commission remains interested in putting in place some new policies on vacation rental properties," Newman said July 3. "The rules would not remove the right to operate them for current property owners who do this," Newman said, but would "help better manage it going forward." Commissioners have also recently instructed their lobbyist to work to convince members of the General Assembly not to stop local governments from regulating STRs. Asheville City Council also voted to make keeping the ability to regulate a lobbying priority. State Senate Bill 667, introduced on April 6, would erase Asheville's ban and disallow many new restrictions by the county or other local governments. Similar bills to limit local government's powers over vacation rentals have failed to pass, despite a Republican majority that leans heavily into property rights.

    Asheville Citizen Times (NC) (07/06/23) Joel Burgess

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