Bill would prohibit local bans on short-term rentals
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A local system for regulating short-term rentals like Airbnb, including a ban for many properties, likely would be disrupted if state legislation sponsored by a local senator wins passage.
Last month, then-Mayor Ed Engler broke a 3-3 tie to give final passage to an ordinance allowing those Laconia residents living in The Weirs to offer their property for short-term rental, but prohibiting it elsewhere in the city unless the owner lives on the premises for at least 150 days per year.
State Sen. Harold French, R-Franklin, is a co-sponsor of Senate Bill 458, which also says local government may require registration of short-term rentals. It also has provisions covering fire safety and nuisance complaints.