The Burlington, Vermont City Council passed the new ordinance on February 22nd, 2022. The hope behind the new ordinance is to curtail the practice of buying properties that will be strictly used as investment properties and short-term rentals.
The Vermont Short-Term Rental Association states that this ordinance prohibits any STR that is not a sublet of the owner’s or tenant’s primary residence unless another unit under the host’s ownership is rented on a Section 8 voucher. Limits the number of rooms per home that can be rented STR to a maximum of 3.
New Short-Term Rental Requirements in Burlington Vermont
- A short-term rental shall be the primary residence of the host EXCEPT as noted below:
- Dwelling units indicated as seasonal homes by the Burlington Assessor and owned by the host
- One whole unit short-term rental is permitted only if the STR is located within a two-family dwelling or multifamily dwelling owned by the host that contains at least one dwelling unit, in excess of any required Inclusionary Units, that is rented to occupants receiving Section 8 vouchers.
- For partial unit short-term rentals, no more than 3 rooms may be let individually as an STR
- A short-term rental registration shall include the tax account number
New Minimum General Standards
- Appliances are operational and in good repair, and hot and cold potable water have been supplied.
- Guest rooms have been serviced and cleaned before each new guest
- Refuse containers are available and emptied at least once a week or more frequently, if necessary
- Swimming pools, recreational water facilities and hot tubs are kept sanitary and in good repair
- Sewage system and toilets function are in good repair
- Toxic cleaning supplies are properly labeled, safely stored and used according to the manufacturers directions
- Guest rooms are free of any evidence of insects, rodents and other pests
- Provision of fire extinguishers as required by NFPA and Burlington Fire Department
- Instructions for occupants regarding:
- Location and use of fire extinguishers
- Emergency egress routes
- 24 hour / 7 days per week emergency contact information
- Emergency shut-off heating systems and fuel burning appliances
- Current rental registration certificate posted inside and clearly visible to occupants
Annual Inspection Required
Stated within the new ordinance is that enforcement officers will be making periodic inspections of rental units within the city.
As a vacation rental owner, you should always be taking the extra step to ensure that your property is safe and ready for guests. This way you can do your best to prevent accidents, reduce liability, and maximize each guest’s experience. At Proper Insurance, we understand the importance of vacation rental safety, and that’s why we’ve partnered with Breezeway, who offers a Safety Certification Program. As the leading safety experts in the industry, they have developed a self-inspection that you can do right from your phone. You’ll run through our own rental property in real-time on Breezeway’s mobile app and easily complete each step of the safety inspection in less than 15 minutes, and you’ll receive a summary of your work. Proper is not notified if you do pass the inspection but once certified, you’ll receive a 5% base property discount and 5% base liability premium discount/credit towards your insurance costs.
Interested in learning how you can help or want to learn more about this new ordinance? Continue to the VTSTRA webpage.
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