Airbnb and VRBO face new regulation in Seattle. Different neighborhoods may have their own rental limits, providing more flexibility in core business districts. Amendments to the regs may limit hosts to offering their primary residence and one additional home for rent.
Because the city has spotty data on the proliferation of short-term rentals throughout the city, it remains murky how many current property owners would be able to skirt the cap on the number of units rented under the current proposal — let alone if the exemption area were to be expanded. This ambiguity threatens the legislation’s stated goal of keeping more apartments on the market as long-term housing for Seattle residents, as opposed to lodging for visitors.