Short-Term Rental Property Registration


Title 230 Department of Business Regulation (includes the Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner)
Chapter 30 Commercial Licensing
Subchapter 20 Real Estate
Part 4 Short-Term Rental Property Registration
Type of Filing Adoption
Regulation Status Proposed
Filing Notice Date 07/28/2022
Public Comment Dates 07/28/2022 to 08/27/2022

Regulation Authority:

R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-63.1-14

Purpose and Reason:

Pursuant to the enactment of R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-63.1-14, the Department is required to create an online registration database for short-term rental properties. In order complete the implementation process, DBR is proposing this regulation which establishes a registration process for short-term rentals:
Registration is by property, not property owner. Any person or entity that operates multiple properties needs to submit a registration for each separate property. 
Registrations must be submitted electronically. 
Registrations shall be terminated by the registrant when no longer subject to the registration requirement. 
Registration and Renewal fee will be $50 for a two-year registration. 
Registrations cannot be transferred to a new registrant. 


Comment(s) Received*

Received on July 28, 2022 by Karen Wheet

Since registration is for the property, not the owner, will property registration remain with the property after a sale transaction? Furthermore, "Registrations cannot be transferred to a new registrant" means you cannot take a registered property and move that registration to another property. Correct?

Received on July 30, 2022 by Cindy Martin

We are owner-occupied and rent out space in our house. We are already required to annually register and pay a fee with the town (in my case Middletown). What is the point of also having to register with the state?

Received on August 01, 2022 by Jay Edwards

There is no mention of the municipalities who have to deal with these properties receiving any of the fees. Also, nothing that will require the municipalities where these properties exist to be notified of their existence and location in any way. Also, nothing about maximum occupancy, safety, etc. These things are nothing more than untaxed and unregulated motels. As usual, another requirement that burdens cities and towns with no relief from the state. The state gets the "gold", and we get the headaches. These properties earn thousands of dollars per location. A $50 fee is a joke! Actually it's $25 per year. Many towns do not allow short term rentals within their zoning ordinances. Will this legislation legitimize STR's and require all municipalities to allow them by default?

Received on August 02, 2022 by marian falla

will the database of short term rentals be available to RI residents such that neighborhoods are able to access impact to residential areas from these commercial entities? specifically short term rental location per street be RI community. will these commercial entities be required to show proof of liability or other insurance as part of the registration process? will localities be notified of entities that are in violation of this regulation? will violations be posted to the public for each locality?

Received on August 07, 2022 by Jane Duran

Would this apply to seasonal short-term rentals? We only rent in the summer months. Seems like properties that are not engaging in short-term rentals for the entire year should be exempt.

Received on August 10, 2022 by Laura G

Short term rentals are an important part of the economy. The world has changed and people have the flexibility to work and live anywhere for periods of time. Second home owners should be able to help boost tourism and support the local economy by making their homes available for short term rentals when they aren't in residence. In Newport, many of the old run-down homes have now been infused with new life as homeowners make needed improvements and investment to attract affluent tenants. The money from any fees and taxes paid by these homeowners should flow back to the municipality where the property is based.

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