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When deciding whether to become an Airbnb host, it is important for you to understand the laws in your city or county. As a platform and marketplace we do not provide legal advice, but we want to give you some useful links that may better help you understand relevant laws and regulations in Cleveland. This list is not exhaustive, but it should give you a good start in understanding your local laws. If you have questions, contact the City Planning Commission, the Department of Building and Housing, or consult a local lawyer or tax professional.
- Where do you live? This responsible hosting page is specific to the city of Cleveland. Different rules may apply to other cities and towns near Cleveland, in unincorporated Cuyahoga County, and beyond. If you live in another city or town but outside the city of Cleveland’s borders, please contact your local city administrator or planning department for more information.
- Cleveland Zoning Code. Part IIIB of the Cleveland Code of Ordinances, the Cleveland Zoning Code, sets out allowed uses and restrictions in the city. You should consult the Zoning Code to see if your listing is consistent with zoning requirements or use definitions. Important terms include apartment house, rooming houses, tourist homes, hotels, dwelling house, and dwelling unit.
- Business License. All businesses in Ohio are required to register with the Ohio Secretary of state and to have a valid business license. For more information on the registration process, Ohio summarizes the process for starting a business here.
- Taxes. The City of Cleveland imposes a 3% Transient Occupancy Tax (TOT) on operators of hotels that provide accommodations to guests for periods of fewer than thirty consecutive days. You should review the Transient Occupancy Tax section of Cleveland’s Municipal Code to determine whether this tax applies to your listing. Cuyahoga County imposes a separate 5.5% bed tax. Airbnb collects and remits the Cuyahoga County bed tax; more information about that process is available in our Help Center here and here.
- Building and Housing Standards. Cleveland also enforces rules and regulations specifying minimum construction, design, and maintenance standards for buildings, including regulations on habitability, health, and safety. Certain regulations applicable to residential and non-residential uses may be relevant to your listing. Please see Parts IIIC, D, and E of the Cleveland Code of Ordinances, available here.
- Other Rules. It is also important to understand and follow other contracts or rules that could apply to your home, such as leases, timeshare ownership rules, condo board or co-op rules, HOA rules, or rules established by tenant organizations. Please read your lease agreement and check with your landlord if applicable.
We are committed to working with local officials to clarify what these rules mean in the context of the sharing economy, and helping them understand how Airbnb benefits our community. Where needed, we will continue to advocate for changes that will allow regular people to rent out their homes.
Last Updated: May 16, 2016