What is a short-term rental?

A short-term rental (also called an STR) is a furnished, self-contained single–family residence, apartment, or room rented for a short period (up to 30 consecutive days) as opposed to month to month or annually. Short-Term Rentals are also known as vacation rentals, transient rentals, short-term vacation rentals, resort dwelling units, and are typically found through companies such as Airbnb™, HomeToGo™, FlipKey™, Vrbo™, Tripping.com™, and other vacation rental websites.  For a more complete overview, read the Short-Term Rental Ordinance in the Milpitas Zoning Code Section 13.

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1. What is a short-term rental?
2. What is a "host"?
3. How do I register with the City of Milpitas as a business and a short term rental?
4. Did the primary law on short-term rentals change?
5. What are the rules for Live / Work Units?
6. What properties are ineligible for short-term rentals?
7. Are there any fees associated with operating a short-term rental?
8. What are the laws regarding other types of rentals?