New Cape Town by-laws to pave way for more AirBNB hosts in the City

Before the changes, only single residential houses in Cape Town were given the right to provide short-term letting on AirBNB.
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The City of Cape Town has approved a new municipal planning by-law that allows a variety of homeowners in the city to rent out their properties for short-term stays on platforms like AirBNB.

Before the changes, only single residential houses in Cape Town were given the right to provide short-term letting on AirBNB.

The land-use amendment allows for short-term letting from a house or flat for a period not exceeding 30 consecutive days for the same guest.

The City’s Marian Nieuwoudt says the new provision now applies to dwellings including single residential houses, properties in apartment blocks and units within sectional title properties.

However, homeowners still need to abide by the specific rules established by body corporates or your homeowners’ associations.

It’s believed the new by-law is in response to the rise in short-term letting via online platforms such as Airbnb.

Nieuwoudt explains that the amendments to the municipal planning by-law are part of an annual review process.

She says the by-law does not confer the rights to homeowners automatically but instead makes it possible for them to access the rights.

To facilitate more growth in the tourism sector, the Western Cape government has made it clear that it would oppose any regulations aimed at platforms like AirBNB.

Via: Cape Talk

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