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Ocean Springs aldermen approve short-term rentals

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Ocean Spring Board of Aldermen has adopted a short-term rental ordinance.

The Sun Herald reports the law brings into regulation the growing business of people renting out homes on a short-term basis, and charging higher rates than for monthly renters. It’s a law that will give these businesses a permit, a business license and a tax number so they can begin paying sales tax and room tax.

There are between 24 and 29 of the businesses in the city already. The new law caps the number at 35.

The aldermen approved the new ordinance Tuesday night.

Longtime short-term rental owner Beth Riley, who originally asked for a law, said she was pleased that one will finally exist.

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