Hamilton County considering moratorium on short-term vacation rentals

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Hamilton County Commissioners are considering a six-month moratorium on short-term vacation rentals in unincorporated parts of the county, which would give officials time to assess and recommend changes to the permitting process existing.

Commission Chairman Chip Baker, R-Signal Mountain, has requested that a committee be struck to study the matter. Commissioner Gene-o Shipley, R-Soddy-Daisy, and Commissioner Joe Graham, R-Lookout Valley, would lead the committee.

The commissioners considered a resolution enacting the moratorium at an agenda review meeting on Wednesday, which they are due to consider at their regular meeting next week.

The resolution states that authorized and unauthorized short-term vacation rentals have prompted complaints from residents and that further scrutiny of the operation of these rentals must be made to prevent the misuse of this privilege. Many also operate without a license.

Shipley suggested in September that the panel take a closer look at short-term vacation rentals. It Wednesday that units are not being properly inspected to ensure they have appropriate safety measures in place. This could be a handicap for the county.

“We inspect pretty much everything that happens in this county to open any type of business, and it’s a business,” he said.

Graham agreed the county needs to make sure its rules are appropriate, but he doesn’t want to punish landlords who follow the proper approval process.

“I’m concerned that going as far as a moratorium when there’s already a moratorium in the city has caused harm to people who are doing it legally. For my part, I think we’re throwing the baby out with the water. bath,” he said. .

This story will be updated.

Contact David Floyd at dfloyd@timesfreepress.com or 423-757-6249. Follow him on Twitter @flavid_doyd.

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