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Cottonwood Heights warns against owners renting out properties illegally

Published: Tuesday, Sept. 25 2012 11:35 a.m. MDT

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — City officials are warning homeowners who are renting out their properties that they need proper permits or they could be cited.

Property owners in certain city zones can register their properties as "short-term rentals," which are properties located within residential multifamily, mixed-use, neighborhood commercial and residential office zoning districts and are rented out for three to 30 days.

Single-family residential homes may not be used as short-term rentals.

The process of registering a short-term rental property requires property owners to obtain a valid business license and permit, as well as pay applicable fees and follow certain requirements listed in the city’s municipal code. These regulations give property owners a legal way to rent out their properties and ensure a positive experience for visitors while mitigating possible negative effects for neighbors surrounding the vacation rental properties.

The city has become aware that there may some people promoting and renting out their properties without being in compliance with the city code. The penalty is a misdemeanor citation for every day of noncompliance, with higher fees and possible further legal action to follow if the matter is left unresolved.

Those who use their property as a short-term rental are asked to call Mike Johnson at 801-944-7060 to begin the process of registering their properties by Oct. 1. Information about short-term rental regulations can be found at www.ch.utah.gov/code.main.html.  

Residents who are concerned about unlicensed short-term rentals in their neighborhood can email the city’s code enforcement officers at RentalComplaint@ch.utah.gov.

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