Duluth recognizes vacation home rentals as facilities that rent two to 21 days but aren’t considered a hotel, motel or bed and breakfast. It sets the following standards when it comes to the rentals operating in mostly residential areas under an “interim use permit.” Minimum rental period is five nights June 15 through Sept. 15. Other period is two nights.
r The number of people who can occupy a unit is restricted to two per bedroom. Off-street parking is required according to the number of bedrooms: one space for one- to two-bedroom units, two spaces (three to four bedrooms), and three spaces (five-plus bedrooms). Only one motor home-type unit may be at a rental at a time. Property owner must obtain all city and state license required for guest occupancy. Owners must keep guest records and provide other information to the city: A rental contract, property use rules, tax records and interim use violations procedures. Owners not on site must provide a local contact within 25 miles of the unit and can act as an authority 24 hours a day for neighborhood complaints and any other incidents. The contact person information is required to be sent to neighbors within 100 feet of the rental. Owners must provide renters with details of rules and regulations, including parking and noise allowances. Permits can be revoked if there are two significant nuisance events. Rental unit must be inspected by the Fire Department. Interim use expires at change of ownership or after six years of use.
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