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City Council: Here’s where 10% of your local Airbnb bill will go

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City Council was busy last night reaching agreements and checking off items on their agenda, one of them being establishing new rules for short-term, “Airbnb-style” rentals.

With the new rules agreed upon by City Council members, Airbnb, and Columbus hosts alike, hosts would have to provide proof of insurance and contact information to the city and maintain four years worth of records that show guest names, room rates and the dates and durations of stays, reports The Columbus Dispatch.

If hosts fail to do so, they are subjected to a $250 fine for their first offense.

Rental companies have also been tasked with collecting and paying a 10 percent tax on all rentals which is how much the city levies on hotels.

Tax revenue generated from short-term rentals will go towards a dedicated fund to support affordable housing and home ownership in Columbus.

However, the legislation does not cap the number of days that hosts can rent their property.

Another item agreed upon is a simple, light-touch system for hosts to register with the city.

These new rules will go into effect January 1.

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“This is a historic day for the Airbnb community in Columbus,” wrote Midwest Policy Director Will Burns. “From the beginning, our hosts have asked for clear, fair rules that eliminate regulatory ambiguity and recognize the important role they play in catalyzing Columbus’ economy. We want to thank President Pro Tem Stinziano for his strong leadership and the thoughtful manner in which he brought all sides to the table, and we look forward to building on our partnership with Columbus.

Data on Airbnb in Columbus

  • #1 Airbnb market in Ohio and one of the fastest growing large markets in the U.S.
  • 700 active hosts (meaning they’ve hosted at least once in last year
  • 58,000 guest arrivals in 2017 through Airbnb
  • Columbus hosts earned a combined $6.5 million in supplemental income in 2017
  • Typical Columbus host earns $5,300 in supplemental income through Airbnb
  • Airbnb sees significant surges to Columbus during big weekends that cause hotels to sell out (i.e. Buckeye football games)
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The clock is ticking on your chance to win big with ColumBest!

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March is slowly but surely winding down, which means the clock is ticking on your chance to vote in our our yearly “best of” Columbus readers poll.

Not only does voting in ColumBest 2019 give you the opportunity to show your favorite local brands and businesses some love, it also offers a chance to win big. This year, one lucky ColumBest voter will win a $1,999 Easton shopping spree, a $2,000 home makeover from Value City Furniture, and a $250 Moo Moo’s car wash gift card.

You read that right – that’s all ONE prize! To make the reality of this amazing offer a little more tangible, let’s break down what could be in store for the lucky winner.

  • The “low fat” wash at Moo Moo is more than enough to knock a winter’s worth of salt off your ride in time for spring. At $8 a go, a $250 gift card will net a whopping 31 trips through the suds.
  • Among many great restaurants and retailers, Easton is home to a Cinnabon Bakery location. While we’re not suggesting you spend the entire $1,999 shopping spree on their delicious, gooey, cinnamon-frosted treats, the almost $2,000 prize would be good for around 531 of Cinnabon’s classic rolls. Please dine responsibly.
  • You know the old futon in your living room leftover from college that faces the TV stacked on top of milk crates? It’s time to upgrade. Thanks to the deals at Value City Furniture, the $2,000 prize will go a long way toward improving any room in your house.

Once you’re done voting for your faves, make sure to save your spot at our ColumBest Party at Express LIVE! on May 13th. You won’t want to miss this celebration of the best of the best in Columbus!

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March 2019

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At (614) we like to think we’re always giving you new ideas about where to go, what to try, or what’s coming up next. But this month, perhaps we can do a bit more for you. Maybe we can offer some inspiration to find ‘the better you’.

  • The Calendar to end all calendars
  • Tips and resources to find the ‘better you’
  • Experience Otherworld
  • Makers Space: botanical skin care
  • Columbus author: Hanif Abdurraqib
  • German Village: two restaurants, one roof
  • Columbus igloo adventures
  • Cheesesteak Empire with Charley Shin
  • Old-timey ‘shrub’ bevs making a comeback
  • Aloha! Inside the Huli Huli Tiki Lounge
  • Megan Kilgore: the Columbus Crew-sader
  • Offroad bike adventures
  • Family: squats for tots

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The Six Happy Hour: The District Pourhouse

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 #6  The District Pourhouse (Formerly World of Beer)

Beer, Bavarian pretzels, and barbacoa street tacos. Need I say more? The first thing that comes to mind with District Pourhouse is their vast selection of beers. Now imagine pairing a nice cold glass of your favorite draught with your favorite comfort food, like pizza, hot dogs, or fries. Sounds good, right?

Did I mention that District Pourhouse also hosts trivia nights whilst your favorite sport team plays on the many screens around the venue?

HH: M-F open-7pm; $5 draughts, $5 spirits, $5 shareables

The District Pourhouse

1568 N High St, Columbus

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