Richardson operates a registration scheme to help regulate short-term rentals

Richardson approved a resolution to regulate the use of short-term rentals in the city at a September 19 city council meeting.

As part of the regulatory assessment, City Manager Don Magner said the city is working to maintain a balance between “responsible neighborhood integrity” and allowing short-term rentals.

Short-term rentals are residential properties that are not rented for more than 30 consecutive days, Magner said. Short-term rentals apply to residential properties, including a single-family home, or multi-unit buildings, including an apartment. Short-term rental companies like Airbnb and Vrbo rent houses to tourists visiting certain cities.

According Documentation present at the meeting, the city cannot prohibit or prohibit short-term rentals and cannot limit short-term rentals to owner-occupied residential properties, as decided by recent legal considerations. In addition, Richardson can enact reasonable regulations supported by evidence showing that the regulations serve to protect the health, safety and well-being of tenants and other citizens, according to Magner.

Under those restrictions, Richardson City Council approved a resolution to establish regulations about the types of complaints the city has received about short-term rentals. These complaints include noise complaints, lack of security, and constant evaluation of short-term rental usage.

The approved resolution requires annual registration with the city in a short-term rental program beginning Jan. 1 of next year. Part of the registration includes a $75 annual fee, posting safety information, and complying with local noise ordinances and neighborhood information.

STR owners can have their registration revoked if they don’t follow the rules and can be declared ineligible to receive another registration on that property for one year if revoked.

Landlords and agents will be able to register properties in person or on a city website. Magner said the website will be available in December.

The registration request will require a list of all owners, operators and agents, including their current addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers. A representation of the floor plan and the location of all fire extinguishers and smoke detectors will also be required on the premises

As part of owning a short-term rental property, a brochure must be posted in a visible location and must contain safety information, including 24-hour emergency contact, according to city officials. . Other required information includes emergency and non-emergency contact information for police, fire and medical services and instructions for obtaining information about natural or man-made disasters. More information on the City’s Short-Term Rental Registration Program can be viewed here.

According to a June 1 meeting, Dallas City Council members are also expected to vote on rules governing short-term rental properties in September.

Ryan H. Bowman