Cory Pippin reports that “City leaders say the ordinance only impacts owners of single-family residential properties and was needed for the safety of permanent residents”. In place of the old ‘short-term rental’ license, a new ‘vacation rental’ license will only permit property owners to rent their properties for fourteen days or longer. Anyone who currently has the ‘short-term rental’ license and lives in a ‘single-family’ residence zone will have up to one year to make the necessary changes in order to comply with the new ordinance. It is still unknown what the repercussions of non-compliance to this bill will be.
According to Jim Cate, who has been renting a home he owns in Orange Beach for years “the ordinance forces guests into big-time condos in an effort to create more tax revenue in Orange Beach”. As direct evidence, “thirteen percent tax is more to the city so the city makes a lot of money, but it penalizes an individual tax holder and a person who owns the property,” noted Cate. “A lot of people bought property because they could rent it to help pay for the property. Now you’re forcing them aside.”
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