August 3, 2016
Starting this week, Santa Fe vacationers who find lodging through the website Airbnb must pay a local bed tax, adding a source of potential revenue that has for years eluded city coffers. Homeowners who list rooms on the online marketplace will be required to apply for permits by Aug. 9, according to Randy Randall, the city’s tourism chief. People who host in residential areas will need one of 1,000 residential permits, while those in commercial zones will need to apply for a business license. Those who continue to rent out their property without a permit will be subject to fines. Officials hope the new regulations will help legitimize a rogue market that has long frustrated local hoteliers who say they’re being punished for following the rules….