City Leaders and Duluthians Discuss Impact of Vacation Rentals

Duluth Leaders Discuss Impact of Vacation Rentals

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Vacation rentals have been a hot topic in Duluth in recent months.

Tuesday morning a discussion was held to get the conversation flowing about what leaders and Duluthians think would be good policies.

City Councilor Joel Sipress, who is leading the council’s consideration, says he has only heard complaints about VRBOs (Vacation Rentals by Owner) and no complaints about Airbnb.

“We don’t get complaints about the ones that I would say operating responsibly, but we get complaints from neighbors about VRBOS where they’re just packing a ton of people in and it’s like a party house in your neighborhood there’s no manager and no owner on site,” Sipress explained.

Anna Tanski, President and CEO of Visit Duluth, says she plans to look at models other cities have set.

“We don’t necessarily have to reinvent the wheel. There are many communities that maybe are a year, or two, or three ahead of us so that we can look models that have worked successfully and are beneficial to both business owner and operator, as well as, the community and city,” said Tanski.

Sipress tells FOX 21, right now, planners are looking to conduct a study on the vacation rentals impact.

Then, based on that study, they hope to create a set of appropriate policies.  

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