ROCHESTER, Minn. - Last month, Rochester had nearly 600 short-term rentals on platforms like Air Bnb and Expedia. Now, the City Council is hoping to better regulate them by putting in policies that would enforce licensing and inspection on such platforms.
Ryan Yetzer, a planner with the Community Development Department says City Council just wants to make sure these short-term rental units are safe through licensing and inspection.
"I don't think the Council is interested in restricting them or prohibiting them," Yetzer said. "I think they more just want to create a path for them to do it safely."
The next step is for City Council to vote on the proposed changes.