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A view of downtown Boise from the Boise Depot, Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.

City officials are looking into regulating short-term rentals, in an attempt to boost Boise’s housing stock and help stem the tide of rising rents, writes Idaho Press reporter Margaret Carmel. On Thursday, Boise Mayor Dave Bieter announced a proposal to clamp down on vacation rentals, such as Airbnbs, in residential areas, in the hopes of calming neighbors’ concerns about the properties and reducing the rentals’ impact on the growing housing crisis.

The pitch includes requiring owners to live on the property; all new short-term rental properties must be registered with the city; each taxable residential property would be limited to one short-term rental each; and short-term rentals would be required to comply with the city’s development code standards.

Cody Riddle, deputy director of current planning, said this ordinance would be enforced similarly to other code violations. The city would investigate issues with short-term rentals if residents filed complaints.

In 2017, Idaho passed a law, pushed by AirBnB, forbidding cities and counties from banning short-term rentals; it does still allow them to be regulated with regard to health, safety and welfare and requires zoning ordinances to recognize them as a residential use, Carmel reports. Riddle said the city looked into regulating short-term rentals after hearing feedback from residents.

You can read Carmel's full story here at idahopress.com (subscription required), or pick up today's Idaho Press; it's on the front page.

Betsy Z. Russell is the Boise bureau chief and state capitol reporter for the Idaho Press and Adams Publishing Group. Follow her on Twitter at @BetsyZRussell.

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