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City Considers Vacation Rental Restrictions

  

People in the city of Sacramento who rent out their homes using vacation rental web sites like Airbnb will likely be facing tighter restrictions. A community meeting on the issue is set for Wednesday at City Hall from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Randi Knott will be at the meeting. She is the city's director of government affairs. Knott says right now, short-term vacation rentals are not paying the 12 percent transient occupancy tax, or hotel tax, on nightly rentals.

"And yet we have these additional people here," says Knott. "So in a lot of cities, and Sacramento's going to follow suit, we're going to be asking Airbnb, and other companies like them, to ensure that their clients are paying for transient occupancy taxes."

Knott says that tax is how the city pays for services visitors use.

"Whether it's to fill the potholes for the roads they drive on, or to get police or fire there in five minutes or less," says Knott.

Nearly 200 properties within Sacramento city limits are listed on Airbnb.

The City Council is expected to vote on a short-term vacation rental ordinance in November.