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Short-term rental industry blossoming in Tidewater area

Short-term rental industry blossoming in Tidewater area

Tidewater-area residents have started making extra cash on the short-term rental trend, causing some local governments to consider regulating the business.

According to community development director Holly McGowan, West Point has decided that homeowners who use popular websites such as Airbnb, VRBO and HomeAway will fall under the same regulations as local bed and breakfasts.

Residents who want to rent out either their whole home or just one room online must first obtain a special use permit. Permit holders do not have to pay a special tax, but if they wish to serve food to their guests, they must be inspected by the health department.

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