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Title 42 – Taxation

Chapter 1 – Administration

Article 3 – General Administrative Provisions

  • A. An online lodging operator that fails to comply with section 42-5042 shall pay the following civil penalty:
    • 1. For a first offense, $250.
    • 2. For a second and any subsequent offense, $1,000.
  • B. If an online lodging operator received a verified violation, the online lodging operator shall pay the following civil penalty:
    • 1. For a first verified violation received for a property, either:
      • (a) If the city, town or county did not impose a civil penalty on the online lodging operator for the verified violation, $500.
      • (b) If the city, town or county imposed a civil penalty on the online lodging operator for the verified violation, the difference between the amount prescribed in subdivision (a) of this paragraph and the amount of the civil penalty the city, town or county imposed on the online lodging operator for the verified violation.
    • 2. For a second verified violation received on the same property within a twelve-month period, either:
      • (a) If the city, town or county did not impose a civil penalty on the online lodging operator for the verified violation, $1,000.
      • (b) If the city, town or county imposed a civil penalty on the online lodging operator for the verified violation, the difference between the amount prescribed in subdivision (a) of this paragraph and the amount of the civil penalty the city, town or county imposed on the online lodging operator for the verified violation.
    • 3. For a third and any subsequent verified violation received on the same property within the same twelve-month period, either:
      • (a) If the city, town or county did not impose a civil penalty on the online lodging operator for the verified violation, fifty percent of the gross monthly revenues of the lodging accommodation at which the violation occurred for the month in which the violation occurred or $1,500, whichever is greater.
      • (b) If the city, town or county imposed a civil penalty on the online lodging operator for the verified violation, the difference between the amount prescribed in subdivision (a) of this paragraph and the amount of the civil penalty the city, town or county imposed on the online lodging operator for the verified violation.
  • C. If the department imposes a civil penalty pursuant to subsection B, paragraph 1 of this section and the online lodging operator appeals the civil penalty, the hearing officer may waive or lower the civil penalty based on the online lodging operator’s diligence in attempting to prohibit renters from violating state law or the city’s or town’s applicable laws, regulations or ordinances.  In determining whether to waive or lower the civil penalty, the hearing officer shall consider both of the following:
    • 1. Whether rules that prohibit activities violating state law or the city’s or town’s applicable laws, regulations or ordinances were included in the advertisement for the lodging accommodation, vacation rental or short-term rental.
    • 2. Whether the rules described in paragraph 1 of this subsection were posted in a conspicuous location inside the lodging accommodation, vacation rental or short-term rental.
  • D. For the purposes of this section:
    • 1. “Lodging accommodation” has the same meaning prescribed in section 42-5076.
    • 2. “Online lodging marketplace” has the same meaning prescribed in section 42-5076.
    • 3. “Online lodging operator” has the same meaning prescribed in section 42-5076 and includes an owner of a vacation rental or short-term rental that is not offered through an online lodging marketplace.
    • 4. “Vacation rental” and “short-term rental” have the same meanings prescribed in section 9-500.39 or 11-269.17.
    • 5. “Verified violation” has the same meaning prescribed in section 9-500.39 or 11-269.17.