Westminster

Short-term rental ban gets OK

A BAN on short-term rentals was approved by the Westminster City Council on Wednesday (Shutterstock).

A ban on short-term rentals of residential property was approved by the Westminster City Council on Wednesday. It applies to rentals of homes for periods of less than 30 days.

The council voted 3-0 in favor, with one abstention, by Councilmember Sergio Contreras. Councilmember Tao Do was absent.

Wednesday’s action was the second and final reading of the ordinance.  On the first reading on May 27, the vote was 3-0 in favor with Do and Contreras abstaining.

STRs, as they are known, have been controversial because critics say they disrupt residential neighborhoods, create traffic and parking problems and deprive the city of the same transient occupancy taxes – also called “bed tax” – paid by guests at hotels and motels.

Supporters argue that short-terms rentals were a way for people to make money on their investments, especially during tough economic times.

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