Because of complaints, the Capitol Zoning District Commission is considering a proposed rule to govern home rentals using such Internet outlets as AirBnB and VRBO.

Here’s the proposal.

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The Commission regulates neighborhoods around the Governor’s Mansion and Capitol. It was established to protect their historic character.

Commission Director Boyd Maher writes in the proposed rulemaking that a need for rules arises from complaints from operators of traditional bed-and-breakfasts and also from operators of home businesses who believe those who rent space in homes haven’t had to pay similar fees for home businesses. There’s concern, too, he said, about home rentals attracting an “undesirable element.”

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The rule would add a provision for “residential guest” use to the various definitions of housing in the district.  It already issues permits for bed-and-breakfasts and guesthouses.

The idea is on the commission agenda for a meeting at 5:30 p.m Thursday.

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