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License May Soon Be Needed To Rent Out Franklin Homes

License May Soon Be Needed To Rent Out Franklin Homes

By Laken Bowles. CREATED Aug 26, 2014

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – Anyone who rents out their home to visitors in Franklin may soon need a business license.

The board of Mayor and Aldermen talked about the increasing popularity of online rental services, like Airbnb. For now, the board said it won't actively police the possible changes.

Tuesday night, they decided they'd treat temporary online rentals like regular hotels or B&Bs with a four percent city and four percent county tax.

‘If it walks like a duck and quacks like a duck, and it's a bed and breakfast, then call it that and do that. I don't know how you'd distinguish between, other than that they live there. I mean, I don't want to get into another whole RV in the driveway discussion,” said Dana Mclendon.

There are more administrative steps before any changes in city code would take effect.