$240,500 short-term rental fine: One Clark County leader asks for fine review or ‘cap’ – Fox 5 Las Vegas

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LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – One Clark County leader asks for a review of fines for illegal short-term rentals, as FOX5 has learned that the highest fine has approached $240,000.

County Commissioner Ross Miller proposed the review during a Clark County Board of Commissioners meeting.

“Some of those fines are massive. We’ve seen six figure fines,” Miller said, noting that fines are accumulating as the county is concurrently pursuing a path to licensure. “Maybe there is some cap to a fine… maybe there is some period of amnesty,” Miller said.

“I’ve certainly got a number of calls about extensive fines that are being attempted to impose … they may be eligible for a license,” Miller said.

Miller said there were about 385 cases across Clark County, with unknown thousands of illegal short-term rentals. Code enforcement said around 68 homeowners have agreed to a lesser fine, agreeing to halt their illegal listing for a settlement. Miller also called for a review of how homeowners can obtain a hearing for fines.

FOX5 got details on how a home accumulated a $240,500 fine: after warnings for noncompliance, a $500 fine is issued for each day the homeowner continues to book guests for an illegal stay. Citations were issued for 480 rental violations from September 2019 through April 2022.  

“We conducted more than 80 inspections. Unfortunately, they are still operating illegally; the case remains active and neighbors are being negatively affected,” a spokesperson said via email.

Clark County has not issued any short-term rental licenses, yet, telling FOX5 that officials are still reviewing applications. The Greater Las Vegas Short-Term Rental Association has criticized Clark County’s licensure process and ordinance, appealing to the Nevada Supreme Court for review. A spokesperson told FOX5 last fall, due to the lengthy process for licenses, some property owners are operating illegally to pay the bills.

FOX5 has reported on how fines can soar with noncompliance, such as when the City of Las Vegas City Council unanimously approved a $180,000 fine for an illegal Airbnb. The City of Las Vegas does have around 125 legal and licensed short-term rentals. Councilwoman Victoria Seaman later explained the reasoning, arguing the issue was about noncompliance and breaking the law.

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