Airbnb, HomeAway, and VRBO have changed the way travelers travel. More and more vacationers prefer renting private homes than hotels. With that said, more and more people utilize properties as short-term rentals. However, when deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it is important to understand that laws vary from city to city. And if by any chance, you are living in Utah and considering utilizing your property as a short-term rental but not quite sure what are the Airbnb laws, taxes, and regulations? Well, this article will guide you through most of the Frequent Questions Asked when considering a vacation rental property in your city.
Homes, apartments, or any space available for the use of accommodations or lodging of guests for less than thirty consecutive days, wherein guests pay a fee are considered as a short-term rental.
Yes! It is unlawful to operate a short-term rental property in Utah without obtaining a registered license. Thinking to get a license? Here is what needs to be done:
Applications shall contain the following:
The application shall also include:
At the time of the application submission, the applicant must pay a Short-Term Rental (STR) Permit Fee, annually. Take note that, from time to time, the permit fee established and modified shall be designated in the Town’s Uniform Fee Schedule.
All applications will automatically be deemed incomplete until paid.
After the date of issuance, permits are valid for one year and may be renewed depending on the following:
In Utah, when operating a short-term rental, be aware of the local regulations applied including:
However, the Homeowner Associations in Utah may also have other specific rules applied concerning vacation rentals. It is important to be aware of the association’s policy and understand if there are restrictions or limitations required.
Take note that other regulations connected with leases/subletting, condo/co-op rules may also be applied.
After registering with tax authorities, you can charge guests additional rental tax in the final bill of their stay. Take note that, rates do change often. Hence, ensure before collecting short-term rental taxes from guests to have the updated rates in avoidance of over or undercharging guests and running into compliance issues.
In specific jurisdictions, on behalf of Airbnb hosts, whenever a guest pays for a booking will either:
This process is automated and does not change which taxes are due or the total expenditure you’ll continuously receive minus the standard Airbnb service fee as a host. Hence, automatic collection and payment simply make it easier for everyone. Find out more on how do occupancy tax collection and remittance by Airbnb works?
Depending on the jurisdiction, short-term rentals are subjected to:
State Sales Tax
Within 5.95 to 8.35% of the listing price includes cleaning fees and guest fees for reservations under 29 nights and shorter. Utah’s combined sales tax is a combination of the state sales tax of 4.7% and the county option sales tax of 0.25%. One or more of the following additional Sales Taxes may apply: Resort Communities Tax, First Class County Tax (Salt Lake County), Mass Transit Tax, Rural Hospital Tax, Arts Zoo Tax, Highway Tax, and Local Option Taxes.
Transient Room Tax
0.32% of the listing price including any cleaning fees and guest fees for reservations 29 nights and shorter.
Local Transient Room Tax
One or more of the following Local Transient Room Taxes may apply: County Transient Room Tax, Municipal Transient Room Tax, and Tourism Transient Room Tax. The total local transient room tax varies by city and county. It is typically 3%-6.25% of the listing price including any cleaning fees and guest fees for reservations 29 nights and shorter.
Lodging tax on short-term rental charges including cleaning and pet fees are imposed by the State of Utah. However, parking fees and other charges for services such as laundry or dry cleaning are not taxable.
Note: Lodging tax is a percentage of the cost of your guest’s stay added to the price of the bill. With that said, the guests pay the tax and hosts are responsible for collecting the tax and paying it to the relevant tax authority.