Fine for unregistered short-term rental owners in R.I. not being enforced

RHODE ISLAND BUSINESS REGULATORS are not imposing fines against short-term rental property owners who have not signed up for the new, state registry because they have not received official complaints about missing properties. Pictured is a screenshot of some of the Airbnb rentals available in Newport, where an estimated two-thirds of rental property owners have not registered with the state. / COURTESY AIRBNB
PROVIDENCE – Short-term rental property owners who advertise their homes through websites such as Airbnb Inc. and VRBO were supposed to be fined $250 starting Monday if they failed to sign up for a public, online registry, according to state law.  But state business regulators aren’t charging anyone, despite the fact that an estimated 1,500…

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