- Planning, Neighborhoods & Development
- Short Term Rentals
Short Term Rentals
The City of Dayton has awarded a competitively bid request for proposal (RFP) for Software Services for Short-Term Rentals to LTAS Technologies Inc. (“LTAS”), (DBA Harmari) to provide address identification of short-term rentals (STRs). Currently, the city does not have a system in place to register or regulate STRs.
Over the past decade there has been a rapid expansion of short-term rentals (STR) from platforms such as Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway as an alternative to traditional hotels. Locally, we believe there could be hundreds of short-term rental properties in the city Dayton, and the issue is a concern for long-term residents who feel their neighborhoods are being altered by the rentals.
“Through this contract, the City will be able to identify these properties, evaluate concentrations, and property conditions,” said Todd Kinskey, Director of Planning, Neighborhoods & Development. “Further the data obtained will be used to determine what if any additional action is necessary.
Harmari will begin the data collection phase in the next couple of weeks. During this time, Planning staff will continue to engage and connect with those neighborhoods that have expressed interest and concern regarding short term rentals.
- What is a short-term rental (STR)?
Technically speaking, a short-term rental (STR) is any residential dwelling or part thereof where overnight lodging is offered to the general public in exchange for a fee with intended occupancy of less than thirty (30) consecutive days in any twelve (12) month period. Basically anything you find on sites like Airbnb and VRBO is an STR.
- What’s so great about STRs?
STRs give visitors additional choices on where to stay, they can provide property owners an alternative income stream, and they could potentially result in investment of underutilized areas and properties.
- What are some potential negatives about STRs?
STRs have the potential to disrupt or alter neighborhoods by causing changes to things such as noise and traffic. STRs also have the potential to increase rental property rates if property owners are not required to stay on site.
- How does the City of Dayton currently handle STRs?
The City of Dayton currently does not have a system in place to register or regulate STRs, and so we address concerns from owners, users, and neighbors on a case-by-case basis.
- What is the City of Dayton’s future plans for handling STRs?
In the City of Dayton, we aim to make decisions driven by data. To ensure that we know the overall scale of and demand for STRs in Dayton, as well as the impact on our neighborhoods, our first step will be to contract with a third party to assist in the development of a database of STR locations. Ultimately, this may include host compliance monitoring, implementing a registration process for short-term rentals, and the adoption of regulations.
- Could I rent my residential property out as an STR?
If you own a residential property, chances are that you could rent it out short-term. It is up to property owners and operators to ensure their STR fits with the neighborhood and does not cause disruption or a nuisance.
- I have more questions about STRs in Dayton. Where should I start?
Reach out to City of Dayton Planner Jen Hanauer at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 937-333-2005.