Vacation rental properties in Newport can begin hosting guests beginning on May 23, but first, each owner is required to submit a safety precautions operations plan and receive approval of that plan from the city of Newport.
At Monday's (May 18) Newport City Council meeting, the city manager stated that enforcement of short-term rentals that reopen without that approval would rely on complaints from residents. The only way residents would know if a rental was approved is if the city provides that information to the public.
I anticipate my neighborhood, which is 30 percent short-term rentals, will experience some violations this coming Memorial Day weekend. To avoid filing erroneous complaints, I'm hoping the city can post the list of approved properties by Friday. I plan to share the list with my neighbors.
I have questions for the city manager:
I ask because I don't want to waste my time documenting violations and submitting complaints if there will be no enforcement beyond warnings.