What are your thoughts about expanding options for Homestays?
Two ADUs side by side
We'd like to hear your thoughts, ideas and concerns about Homestays*, specifically the impact of allowing Homestays in Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). ADUs are separate and complete dwelling units contained within the same lot as the structure of a single-family dwelling or business.
Over the last two years, the City of Asheville has been engaged in a thorough conversation about the growth of short-term rentals in Asheville, and how best to regulate these rentals. Following a great deal of public input, the City Council has decided to retain its longtime prohibition on non-resident occupied, whole house rentals in residential districts. However, on November 17, 2015, Council approved an ordinance amending standards for Homestays. This amendment removed several barriers and made it easier to establish a Homestay as a form of short-term rental that requires a full-time resident (resident-manager) of the property to live in the home while guests are present.
While the amendment successfully expanded the opportunity to obtain a Homestay permit, it did not allow the use of an ADU on the property to be used as part of the Homestay operation since these units were, by definition and by design, separate units and could not be occupied by both the resident(s) and guests. On December 8, 2015, Council requested that staff collect data relating to the use of ADUs and the potential to allow them to be used for Homestays, and to share its findings with the Planning & Economic Development Committee.
*Homestay means a private, resident-occupied dwelling, with up to two guest rooms where overnight lodging accommodations are provided for compensation and where the use is subordinate and incidental to the main residential use of the building. A Homestay is considered a “Lodging” use under this Unified Development Ordinance.
Find out more about Accessory Dwelling Units on the City of Asheville's ADU project page.
Please take a moment to answer a few simple questions to let us know what you think of these proposed changes by clicking on "Take the Survey" below.