AirBnB and Fire Codes in Newport, RI
By Sandi Warner, Esq., Real Estate Brokerage in Newport, RI
(Warner Realty Group, LLC)
Newport, RI Stiffens Fire Safety Requirements for AirBnB PropertiesThe Summer of '18 was a distressing one for many AirBnB property owners in Newport, Rhode Island. Property owners across the city opened notices from the Building Inspector's office telling them they were not approved for registration as a short term rental. The reason? As a local AirBnB manager I have clients who received this notice. When they asked for more information they received this email from the Building Inspector's office in Newport: Be advised that unless you live within the dwelling unit while the renters are there it is considered a “change of use” under RI Building Code and therefore becomes subject to code upgrades equal to a hotel (R-1) including: but not limited to:Fire sprinkler systemUpgraded fire ala...