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Twin Cities Airbnb hosts are already breaking licensing rules

The regulations have only been in place a few months.
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They've only been in place for a few months, but already Twin Cities property owners are flouting licensing rules for short-term rentals through sites like Airbnb and VRBO.

In recent weeks, both Minneapolis and St. Paul have warned rental owners that they face fines if they don't license their property to meet regulations set up prior to the Super Bowl.

Minneapolis passed its ordinance in October, with licenses ranging from $46 for individual owners up to $5,000 for the largest.

St. Paul followed a week later, with its licenses ranging from $40 to $10,000.

And apparently there are many who haven't been paying up.


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The Pioneer Press reported last week that 400 homeowners in St. Paul can expect to hear from the city shortly, as their homes are still listed despite not having gone through the licensing process.

Only 78 properties have gone through licensing since the new rules went into effect on Dec. 2, with a further 37 pending.

The same is happening in Minneapolis, with the Star Tribune reporting the city had been sending out letters warning rental owners they face action unless they're either registered with the city or have removed their online listings by Mar. 21.

A fine of up to $500 is a possible punishment for those who fail to comply.

Airbnb said prior to the Super Bowl that more than 2,500 homes had been listed on its site in the Twin Cities.

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