Ald. Brendan Reilly, 42nd, a proponent of the stricter regulations, has said it's important to set standards for the businesses, which he said have been operating like pop-up hotels across the city.
"We've got hundreds of rentals being offered, with no thought to the health, safety and welfare of those staying there," Reilly said recently. The new ordinance would require that such establishments maintain cleanliness and meet requirements for fire safety, Reilly said.
Short term rentals became a hot-button issue last fall after a DePaul University student was fatally shot at a party in a Northwest Side house that had been leased just to host the bash. Aldermen said they are getting increasing complaints from constituents fed up with vacant houses turning into nightclubs.ÂIf property owners in the downtown area and other parts of the city where businesses are prevalent and bigger condominium buildings are common want to rent apartments or houses to tourists and others for as little as a single day, they will need to get a special use permit from the Zoning Committee, then apply for a $500 two-year license.