Cobb County, Georgia, commissioners passed short-term rental rules requiring hosts to obtain a certificate of occupancy and designate a local agent that the county can contact to address complaints or issues. Owners will also have to alert neighbors and homeowners associations about the rental, with only one listing allowed per residence. Rental owner Linda Verde is against the one-listing-per-unit requirement, saying owners who live on the property have more control over their rental and can resolve any problems. Enforcement will start on Jan. 1, 2023, and will be complaint-based. Commissioners opted not to revise penalties for registered short-term rentals, which are $500 for the first violation and $750 for the second within a 12-month period. Certificates are revoked after the third violation, and do not qualify for renewal for another year; non-registrants will face $500 penalties each night the unit is rented out without a certificate of occupancy. Cobb County community development director Jessica Guinn cited other rules approved throughout metro Atlanta in arguing that the county needs a short-term rental regulation ordinance.
Atlanta Journal-Constitution (10/03/22) Taylor Croft
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