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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinDecember 28, 20168min330

Close to 300 short-term rental hosts have applied for and received their license to operate in the City and County of Denver, with a Dec. 31 deadline near for an unknown number of unlicensed hosts to comply. City Council passed an ordinance in June that required registration and set other rules and regulations to ensure the burgeoning practice of homeowners renting their residences for short time periods followed the city municipal code. Denver Excise and Licenses Department Legislative Analyst Nathan Batchelder noted the ordinance will take effect Jan. 1, 2017, and the agency recently began a mostly digital advertising and marketing campaign to help short-term rental hosts understand what's being asked of them.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 18, 20167min543

Monthly lobbyist financial reports required by the City and County of Denver, designed to help the public know who is lobbying City Council members on what issues, are commonly submitted with no reported expenditures, a review of the documents by the The Colorado Statesman has found. While no wrongdoing or rules violations is thought to have occurred, the city ordinance that regulates lobbyists by requiring registration and the reports does not identify specific oversight. Like many other areas of municipal and state regulations, it is basically a self-reporting arrangement that is only investigated upon complaint, according to Assistant City Attorney David Broadwell.


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Mike McKibbinMike McKibbinNovember 4, 20166min883

Denver's enforcement of short-term rental rules and data-driven policing will be closely reviewed by Auditor Timothy O’Brien as some of the areas targeted in his 2017 audit plan. O'Brien recently submitted the plan to Mayor Michael Hancock and Denver City Council as required by city charter. The plan consists of integrated audits that incorporate performance, financial, information technology and fraud-detection goals. The plan is flexible to change as conditions evolve.


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Colorado PoliticsColorado PoliticsJune 8, 20165min235

Colorado is a destination for business travelers, family vacations, family gatherings, and adventure seekers. Year after year, the state sets another record-breaking year in terms of tourism visitors and expenditures. To keep the travel and tourism industry vibrant with a diverse set of offerings, community leaders must embrace the evolutions that take place. The current discussion about short-term rentals, or STRs, in the Denver City Council is exactly the type of leadership that must happen to ensure that Denver and Colorado stay ahead of the curve in the changing travel landscape.