The city of Atlanta’s new rules, which take effect March 1, require owners to pay a yearly $150 fee and subject them to $500 fines for noise or other violations. Smyrna is considering new rules and enforcement guidelines that would require Airbnb owners to obtain a city license. They must also pay a yearly $95 fee.
Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven, Columbus, Macon and Savannah have all approved various forms of short-term rental regulations. The state last year required Airbnb owners to pay lodging taxes.
Airbnb has an Atlanta-area connection. One of its co-founders, Joe Gebbia Jr., grew up in metro Atlanta and is a graduate of Brookwood High School in Gwinnett County. Gebbia last year donated $700,000 to the school for its arts program and new athletic facilities.