Blacksburg continues Airbnb limitations talks

By Bethany Teague - Reporter

BLACKSBURG (WSLS 10) - The future of the Airbnb industry in Blacksburg remains unclear, as town council drafted an ordinance Tuesday with a number of restrictions.

If it passes, the ordinance would limit short-term rentals to 45 nights per year. Some Blacksburg Airbnb hosts said this is too restrictive because they often host people for a semester's time.

It would also require homeowners to register with the town and pay lodging taxes.

The law would not allow more than six adult guests per stay, and they must be at least 21 years old to be considered adult guests.

"I think that we need to be careful that whatever we draft doesn't penalize those people that are trying to do this in an effective manner, but really addresses what we see could be future problems," said Mayor Ron Rordam.

The draft ordinance is scheduled for a first reading in November and a public hearing in December. Town council hopes to vote on a final ordinance before the end of the year.

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