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Jan 08, 2018

Denver is making progress regulating short-term rentals

The city of Denver has made substantial progress in its effort to bring 1,672 previously unregulated short-term rentals posted on sites like VRBO and Airbnb out of the shadows and into the light of taxation. Imposing regulations and taxes on short-term rentals last year was the right thing to do, creating more fairness in the hotel industry, requiring minimum safety standards, and generating nearly $1.1 million in revenue in the first eight months of 2017.

Jan 08, 2018

Lodger’s tax collected on Denver short-term rentals nears $2 million

Denver is doing a poor job of tracking and enforcing its new short-term rental regulations, the city auditor says, with some applicants receiving licenses they shouldn’t have, putting the city at risk for a lawsuit.

Jan 08, 2018

Denver’s Short-Term Rental Enforcement Needs Tweaking, Auditor Says

The city of Denver should make some changes to how it regulates short-term rentals, according to a report the city auditor published Thursday. But overall, Auditor Tim O’Brien said, the city’s effort to get a handle on rentals listed on Airbnb and other platforms is going well.

Jan 08, 2018

Auditor: Denver doesn’t know if short-term rentals are hurting neighborhoods and affordable housing

The Denver Auditor’s Office knows that the nearly 2,000 short-term rental business licenses issued from January through August brought in about $49,000 to the city’s coffers. What the city watchdog department is less sure about is how those licensees are impacting Denver’s 78 neighborhoods and the cost of housing.



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