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Tennessee cities struggle with how to regulate vacation rentals in residential neighbourhoods

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Internet websites like Airbnb are making it easy and lucrative for homeowners to rent out their properties to vacationers for a few nights at a time. But that has left cities across the state struggling with how to regulate these rentals, which are not contemplated in most zoning laws.

Do homeowners need some type of permit for these short-term rentals, which are often in single-family residential neighbourhoods? What taxes are they required to pay? Do they need to install sprinklers in their homes?

The Nashville Ledger reports (http://bit.ly/1tFHbEF ) cities don’t have much guidance. But a 2009 decision by the Tennessee Court of Appeals that upheld the rights of homeowners has left some administrators feeling hamstrung.

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Information from: The Nashville Ledger, http://www.nashvilleledger.com