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City of Columbia looking for feedback about short-term rentals

The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau said short-term rentals include listings through sites such as Air BNB. (KRCG)

The City of Columbia planned multiple meetings to receive feedback from the public about short-term rentals.

The Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau said short-term rentals include listings through sites such as Air BNB.

The CVB said it would answer questions about regulations for short-term rentals in the city. Megan McConachie with the CVB said there are currently few regulations for short-term rentals.

The city tasked the CVB with evaluating the potential of requiring short-term rentals to provide business licenses, conduct inspections, and the possible application of the city's existing five percent hotel and motel tax as well as sales tax.

McConachie said short-term rentals are popular in the city.

"At any one time there are usually a few hundred active listings of short-term rentals here in Columbia. Those range from everything from a private room to a full house," McConachie said.

She also said certain weekends see more listings available.

"When there's football games or graduations those listings kind of alike and there are more properties that are available," McConachie said.

The meetings were scheduled for Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the Walton Building located at 300 South Providence Road in Columbia. A second meeting would be held Thursday at 6 p.m.

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