New regulations for vacation home rentals in Duluth

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A growing number of tourists visiting Duluth choose to rent private homes for lodging. Now owners who rent their property on a short-term basis face new oversight by the city, according to the Duluth News Tribune.

The new rules require owners to obtain an interim-use permit from the Duluth Planning Commission. Owners will have to provide information to renters so that they have a minimal impact on the neighborhoods where most vacation rentals are located.

The Planning Commission recommended council approval for the first four vacation rental homes on March 12, and it has four more on its agenda Tuesday.

Before the new regulations, vacation rentals in Duluth were regulated by the same rental rules used by landlords renting long-term. The city identified up to 40 properties that fall under the new definition, which it calls “vacation dwelling units.” The new rules will require landlords to provide more oversight to their property and guests, and the city expects that will weed out non-compliant landlords.

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