Gulf Shores Vacation Rental Ordinance

Gulf Shores Vacation Rental Ordinance

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GULF SHORES, Alabama -

The city of Gulf Shores wants to adopt an ordinance requiring all property owners who use their homes and condos as vacation rental income to have a business license and to collect lodging taxes.

Councilman Steve Jones says there are some individual property owners who use Craigslist, social media and other websites to market their rentals to avoid licensing fees and to give their renters "tax free" discounts.

There are dozens of property management companies on Pleasure Island- all of them have valid business licenses and collect lodging taxes.

"Everyone that's in the business of vacation rentals needs to have a valid, Gulf Shores business license," says Jones. "That's only fair and it evens the playing field."

If the measure passes, renters could be fined for not having a business license.

The council could vote on the issue Monday. If the ordinance passes, it would go into effect January 1st.   

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