Newport RI vacation rentals banned in some areas by City Council

NEWPORT — While people who already operate short-term rentals in the city’s residential zones are still able to do so after the City Council’s decision to ban them on Wednesday, residents renting out their homes are still concerned about the future of their guest houses.

“The income from the Airbnb is not extra money. It’s our livelihood,” said Newport resident and Airbnb owner Meg Nelson. “If this got taken away, it would be the same as getting fired from my job.”

The City Council unanimously approved two ordinances to amend the city’s zoning code during the meeting, though Councilor Angela McCalla was absent. The ordinances effectively ban the operation of short-term vacation rentals in residential neighborhoods throughout the city.

Breaking down what the City Council approved in regards to short-term rentals

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