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Home rental storm is brewing

Legislative commission meetings held when the General Assembly is not in session are usually snoozers. But a special commission studying the state’s short-term rental industry...

As travel season heats up, R.I.’s vacation rental market cools

CHARLESTOWN – At Randall Realtors Compass, sales manager Kristen Holloway's office line has been buzzing with short-term rental owners anxious to fill their vacation...

Many ignore R.I.’s Airbnb registry, at least in Newport

Compliance problems with a state registry of short-term vacation rentals are reigniting debate over the program that went into effect last year despite a...

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

PROVIDENCE – Short-term rental property owners who advertise their homes through websites such as Airbnb Inc. and VRBO were supposed to be fined $250...

Warwick officials consider restrictions on short-term home rentals

WARWICK – Following the lead of elected officials in Newport, the Warwick Planning Board recently voted to make a recommendation to the City Council...
A SCREEN SHOT of some of the Airbnb rentals available in Newport, along with nightly charges. / COURTESY AIRBNB INC.

Will R.I.’s new registry discourage short-term vacation property rentals?

State business regulators are going to start taking names – and charging fees – of Rhode Island property owners who rent out their homes...

Newport bans whole-home short-term rentals in residential zones

NEWPORT – Whole-home short-term rentals, which are commonly offered through services such as Airbnb and Vrbo, are no longer allowed in city residential zones. The...
CHRISTOPHER C. BICHO stands in a renovated, antique firehouse in Newport in 2019. He rents the firehouse as an Airbnb site. Bicho says he doesn't mind registering his site with a regulator, but he thinks oversight of short-term rental properties should be handled by either the state or the local government, not both. / PBN FILE PHOTO/ELIZABETH GRAHAM

Will R.I.’s new short-term rental property registry be too burdensome?

Now that every short-term rental property in Rhode Island listed on online sites such as Airbnb and VRBO will be required to register with...

Short-term rental registry approved by General Assembly

PROVIDENCE – The R.I. General Assembly has approved a law requiring owners of properties available for short-stay rentals on the website of any platform,...

Legislation to create state registry of short-term, third-party rentals moves forward

PROVIDENCE – Legislation that would establish a short-term rental registry across Rhode Island was approved this week by the R.I. Senate. The bill, S0501A, is...
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