Town alters short term rental rules

(Jackson, Wyo.) - Earlier this week, the Town Council approved a change to the short term rental ordinance, which affects those who rent through Vacation Rental By Owner (VRBO) or Airbnb. Starting on January 1, 2016, every person who rents out an apartment or a house for less than 31 days is required to have a residential short term license to operate, according to the ordinance passed in September 2015. The amendment proposed earlier this week alters that language to limit occupancy to one calendar month. The new ordinance states that "One calendar month is the period of time from a day of one month to the corresponding day of the next month if such exists; or if not, to the last day of the next month. One calendar month shall be computed by excluding the first and including the last day (as from January 4 to February 3 or from January 31 to February 29)." Town Attorney Audrey Cohen-Davis stated during the meeting that this helps help alleviate confusion and ensure that short term renters are compliant even if someone stays in a short term rental from January 5 through February 5, which is technically more than 31 days. The ordinance passed unanimously at the first reading and will go into effect after two more readings. *Feature Photo: h/t Snow King Mountain / Pitchengine Communities* #buckrail #news