City Councilors in Tulsa, Oklahoma are set to discuss implementing regulations on the growing number of Airbnb rentals in their community. Short-term rentals in residential homes will likely soon face restrictions on the number of days permitted to rent and also an occupancy tax of 5% per room stay.
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Tulsa requires homeowners to apply to the Board of Adjustment for approval before listing their property for rent on Airbnb. So far, only a handful of Airbnb Hosts have done so with many operating illegally. Tulsa has warned that these homeowners risk heavy fines should their neighbors complain.
Airbnb rentals are not treated like rental properties under the current Tulsa zoning code because they offer short-term stays less than 30 days. Under current Tulsa zoning code, Airbnb properties are considered the same as bed-and-breakfasts. But that may change with the implementation of new rules to govern Airbnb rentals.