EL PASO, TX – The city of El Paso is seeking to regulate short-term rentals, such as those used by platforms like Airbnb and Vrbo, throughout the border area.
Local authorities are holding a series of public hearings to analyze the issue, as they seek to limit the number of short-term rentals located within 500 feet of one another, collect the 17.5% hotel occupancy tax by state law, and establish safety and permitting requirements.
Short-term rentals are residential units, such as single-family homes, duplexes and multifamily properties, that are rented overnight for short periods of time, the City Council reported. Currently, these sites cannot be rented for more than 30 days.
Also, it was reported that these properties are typically booked online through websites such as Airbnb or Vrbo. The amendments are evaluating where they can operate, permitting requirements and enforcement actions.
At the moment, the city does not have a policy regulating this activity, so it is looking at developing a short-term rental process through public hearings.
Once city staff gets feedback from the public, it will work to finalize a proposed process for the City Council to review and vote on.
The next hearings will be held Feb. 1-13 in both in-person and virtual formats, the City Council noted.
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