‘Home Sharing’ to Become Legal in Auburn

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Auburn to start regulating home sharing operations

Home sharing businesses like Airbnb offering short term rentals are very popular around the country, but in some areas they're not legal.

That's about to change in Auburn.

Monday the City Council passed an ordinance to regulate home sharing operations, allowing residents to legally offer short term rentals.

For about a month, Jason Sewell and his family have been renting out part of their Auburn house illegally through home sharing website, Airbnb.

So far, they say they've had a few guests come through, paying $99 per night.

"It's just really nice to be able to go to a new town and you don't necessarily have to find a Hyatt and get on the 10th floor of the hotel. You can just go to some place that's comfortable," Sewell said.

Starting next month, the Sewells and other home sharers in Auburn will be renting their spaces legally.

Residents will soon be able to home-share on sites like Airbnb after registering with the City of Auburn and getting neighbors' approval.

"You submit an application pay $57 processing fee staff would notify the neighbors within 100 foot radius of the application," said Lance Lowe, associate planner for the City of Auburn.

A maximum of two rooms can be rented out and the homeowner must be present.

Few cities in California currently regulate home sharing.

So how does the small city of Auburn benefit?

The answer: tourism.

"Really, the benefit is to allow additional lodging accommodations to get people to use the local services the restaurants and, to visit Auburn is ultimately the goal," Lowe said.

It's a goal home sharers like the Sewells support.

"Auburn doesn't have a huge amount of hotels and stuff and there's a lot of touristy things to do with the car show and stuff like that. we thought every once in a while somebody want to stay here that would be cool," said Sewell.

The ordinance goes into effect Feb. 12.


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