Legislative Update – December 6, 2018
Baltimore City is the latest Maryland jurisdiction to pass legislation establishing a comprehensive framework to regulate short-term rental (STR) hosts and platforms.
“We applaud lead sponsors Council President Jack Young and Councilman Eric Costello, and the entire Baltimore City Council for passing this important legislation,” said Amy Rohrer, President and CEO of the Maryland Hotel Lodging Association. “We believe this legislation strikes the right balance between preserving home-sharing for Baltimore guests and residents and protecting Baltimore’s hospitality industry from those investors who skirt the law and use short term rental platforms to operate illegal hotels throughout the city. The legislation preserves the fabric of Baltimore’s neighborhoods, protects guests and our communities, and ensures that hosts and platforms pay their fair share.”
Baltimore City Bill 18-0189 will establish the following:
It is worth noting this legislation has very strong platform accountability language that should withstand potential legal challenges by the platforms that have arisen in other jurisdictions.
Pending signature by the Mayor, collection and remittance of the hotel tax is scheduled to take effect December 31, 2018, with all other licensing requirements taking effect December 31, 2019.