LAS VEGAS (KLAS) – Short-term rental properties may soon become legal in Clark County.
The point was discussed on Wednesday after extensive community feedback helped county commissioners get a broader view of the challenges facing residents.
Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson told 8 News Now that the ordinance approval was about protecting unincorporated neighborhoods.
“We need to do this in a way that provides an opportunity that the legislature allows for this property while preserving our ability to help neighborhoods continue to have their quality of life,” Gibson said.
Assembly Bill 363 requires Clark County to make a decision by this summer. On Tuesday, county commissioners received a report detailing possible obstacles.
“What we saw the most was the loud noise. Crimes have been committed in these houses. I am talking about people being beaten or shot,” he added.
According to the report, there are approximately 10,000 illegal short-term rentals currently active in the county. It’s the lifeblood of many families, says Gibson, and also a growing business.
“I don’t think there would be much opposition if we had more experience with this like party houses and disruptive activities where people were renting for a night or a weekend,” Gibson added.
Short-term rentals were banned years ago, but last year state lawmakers approved a law requiring the county to regulate them. Now, time is running out to meet this growing demand.
According to Commissioner Gibson, the next step in the process is to complete a series of meetings to gather more information before the final vote.
This includes logistics, the structure of the lottery, and ultimately the need for those short-term rentals in the neighborhood.