The new year brought a big change to North Carolina’s capital city. Previously, short-term rentals were considered illegal businesses, but that all changed following a 7-to-1 vote to implement new short-term rental and Airbnb laws. 

It appears the city is gradually adopting regulations from their previous total ban starting with special permits. The following short-term rental and Airbnb laws go into effect today, March 4, 2021: 

Airbnb Laws for Hosts in Raleigh 

  • Every short-term rental operator shall first apply for and procure a zoning permit from the City. Zoning permits must be renewed annually. 
  • In residential zoning districts, short-term renters shall not utilize the premises for holding special events or gatherings. 
  • Short-term rental operators shall comply with all applicable state and local laws, including those relating to fire and building codes, smoke detecting and carbon monoxide detecting equipment, housing codes, and payment of taxes to appropriate governmental entities, including occupancy taxes. 
  • Every short-term rental operator shall maintain for a period of three years a list of all short-term rental lodgers on the premises.  
  • The zoning permit number authorizing the short-term rental shall be conspicuously posted on all advertisements for short-term rentals, and the subject property. 

What makes a safe short-term rental? 

Most short-term rental laws include safety requirements for hosts. Basic requirements typically include working smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. For hosts who are looking to go above and beyond to ensure their guests stay safe, there are programs such as Breezewayspecifically designed to ensure optimal safety for short-term vacation rental properties. 

“A lot of time and effort goes into maintaining quality, safety, and cleanliness across your properties – and Breezeway’s tools empower you to automate your operations and deliver an amazing rental experience.” 

Breezeway is a self-inspection program, which means no waiting on an inspector to visit your property months from now. 

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