This week's cover story on inflated short-term rental prices in the run-up to the Super Bowl was in large part about non-permitted home rental advertisements, which are illegal and punishable with steep fines and possible jail time. In an attempt to find out how stringently the city's illegal short-term ordinance is enforced, I submitted a public records request.
From the story:
So what's the city doing about illegal rentals?
"The City looks into properties that have received complaints, and when applicable, the Bureau of Revenue will send an administrative subpoena that asks the resident or business to come into compliance with the law," mayoral spokesman Ryan Berni wrote in an email. "Given the resources we have, we do what we can to discourage companies who are actively advertising illegal short-term rentals."
The law also requires the city to publish a semi-annual report on illegal short-term rental enforcement on its website, which it has not done. Gambit filed a request for records of subpoenas issued and city's follow-up actions for the last six months, but as of press time had not received the information.
The information arrived today. As it turns out, the city has issued zero administrative subpoenas in the past six months. Read the letter from the City Attorney's Office after the jump.