Tuscaloosa officials to crack down on temporary home rentals

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TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Tuscaloosa officials are cracking down on temporary rentals, a practice they say proliferates during Alabama football season.

The Tuscaloosa News reports Sunday the city is preparing to send out letters to people found advertising their homes for rent on sites such as AirBnB.

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The letters tell homeowners that the rentals violate zoning, building, fire and business license regulations and are subject to taxes. They could also violate Alabama rules about homestead exemptions.

City official Ashley Crites told the newspaper Friday that the letters will be mailed out soon. She says they are still researching the web sites to find people advertising their homes for short term rentals.

City attorney Glenda Webb said this week that a report on how other college towns deal with the issue is almost done.

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Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, http://www.tuscaloosanews.com

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