Ordinance regulating home lodging rentals goes into effect in Christiansburg

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A new ordinance has gone into effect in Christiansburg as of July 1.

The homestay ordinance was passed on January 22nd in response to the popularity of home-based lodging, such as Airbnb rentals. The ordinance requires Christiansburg residents to obtain an annual permit to be a homestay host. Residents are also required to register with the finance department for collection of fees and taxes. A safety inspection must also be completed before a permit can be issued.

A town spokesperson tells WFXR that so far, 16 permit applications have been submitted. Seven of those applications have been approved and nine are pending.

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