As you may recall, the Saint Paul City Council adopted an ordinance in 2017 to address Short Term Rentals. SUPC held two community meetings to discuss this issue with neighbors.
At the time, the concern was raised that long term rentals could become short term rentals. The City planned to address this with a provision that an apartment building with multiple units could only have 4 units designated to short term rentals. If someone wanted to have more units in their building, they would have to request more from the Planning Commission.
Recently, the owner of a building downtown found a way around this provision by going to the State of MN to get a hotel license. What this means is that although they are operating as a short term rental building (accessed by apps like AirBnB), the regulations for limiting the conversion of housing to short term rentals do not apply because they are defined as a hotel. This building was providing naturally occurring affordable housing.
The Saint Paul City Council does not want this to happen again, and is addressing the loophole by first defining these things: hotel, motel, and inn. This will allow DSI to be able to enforce standards (which is now controlled exclusively by the State of MN).
Hearing date is:
September 20, 2019 (more details to come soon)
For more information:
This item will be on an upcoming Community Improvement and Safety Committee Agenda
August 20, 2019
Judith Tande (committee chair), Mary Morris, Martha Tilton, Eric Ebbeson
Faye Simer from Saint Paul Public Works is our contact on this issue