CHICAGO — You can no longer rent a property for just one night in Chicago as the city looks to crack down on parties at short-term rentals.
City Council approved new regulations to short-term rentals at a Wednesday meeting. The regulations ban one-night stays at properties listed on Airbnb and other short-term rental sites.
The ban is only temporary, though, and could be lifted by city officials when they deem it safe for one-night stays to return, according to The Daily Line.
Airbnb has banned parties and threatened to kick violators off its platform, and Chicago has vowed to heavily fine hosts who rent out properties to people who throw parties amid the coronavirus pandemic. But that hasn’t stopped people from using short-term rentals for parties.
Under the new rules, hosts can’t list their homes on rental sites before their applications are approved by the city, and hosts can be fined $5,000-$10,000 if their property is used for drug trafficking, prostitution, gang activity or parties, according to The Daily Line.
The ordinance also requires home-sharing applications to be submitted to the Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection, which will serve as a “point of intake” for the applications and will have a database to track them, according to The Daily Line.