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Marietta Discussing Regulating Short Term Rentals

Marietta's City Council is discussing regulating short-term rental properties like Airbnb.
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Marietta’s City Council is discussing regulating short-term rental properties like Airbnb.

Those regulations could include possible occupancy limits per unit and noise restrictions.

City Council Member Stuart Fleming said another issue is how many short-term rental properties someone can operate in a single apartment or condominium complex.

“At what point you actually are operating as a quasi-small hotel?” he said. “And that’s a question right now that I think there’s some uncertainty on.”

Fleming said residents have raised concerns about the rental units.

“People feel that maybe property values are being decreased,” he said. “And, or that the type of people that are attracted to those places are not in keeping with the neighborhood standards.”

Fleming said the council will look to other cities in Georgia to get an idea of what rules are like there.

Sandy Springs requires owners to get a business license and register their short-term rental units.

Savannah sets a cap on the number of people allowed to stay in a short-term rental based how many bedrooms it has.

Decatur regulates overnight lodging but there are no specific restrictions on short-term rentals.