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Astoria allows short term rentals or Home Stay Lodging under limited conditions. These short-term rentals require a license to allow a maximum of one or two bedrooms for rent, for less than 30 days, while the homeowner is present. This includes rentals known as AirBnB, VRBO, or similar "vacation rental" advertising platforms. Such rental facilities may or may not provide a morning meal. Rooms used by guests may not include a kitchen.

It is unlawful for any person to operate a homestay lodging or list a homestay lodging on an advertising platform without first obtaining a license from the City.

The City's purpose in regulating homestay lodgings is to allow for economic use of underutilized bedrooms in dwellings and provide financial assistance to preserve both the housing stock and historic properties. The license process ensures that facilities are appropriately located; meet zoning requirements; adhere to safety regulations; and don't reduce the number of potential long-term housing units.

The necessary requirements and process can be found here.