Short Term Rental Property (STRP) means a residential dwelling unit containing not more than four sleeping rooms that is used and/or advertised for rent for transient occupancy by guests as those terms are defined in Section 5.12.010 of the metropolitan code. Residential dwelling units rented to the same occupant for more than 30 continuous days, Bed and breakfast establishments, boarding houses, hotels, and motels shall not be considered Short Term Rental Property. (Ordinance No. BL2014-951, Ordinance No. BL2014-909 ,and Ordinance No. BL2015-94)
Occupancy means the use or possession or the right to the use or possession, of any room, lodgings or accommodations in a hotel for a period of less than thirty continuous days.
Transient means any person who exercises occupancy or is entitled to occupancy for any rooms, lodgings or accommodations in a hotel for a period of less than thirty days. (Code of Ordinances 5.12.010)
The law provides for only two classes of exemptions. (1) A tenant who has occupied room space for thirty or more continuous days is not required to pay the tax after the thirtieth day. (2) Local, state or federal governmental agencies, when fees are paid by those agencies.
However, the law does NOT exempt private schools, corporations, fraternal organizations, religious groups, hospitals, private universities, members of military or representatives of foreign governments.