A bill that would reign in municipal governments and allow homeowners to use their property for short term rentals passed through a committee and is now awaiting house action.
House Bill 253 would keep cities from passing ordinances that keep property owners from renting portions of their home to short term renters while the owner also occupies the property. The bill passed the House Labor Committee with 13 in favor and 1 in opposition. Southern Utah's own John Standard, of district 62, was the sole dissenting vote. The issue is a hot topic, especially in tourism heavy southern Utah. Some say the short term rentals bring too many strangers into their neighborhoods, others see it as the free market making a way for struggling families to supplement their income and fill an otherwise unmet economic need.