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Cabin controversy soon to be studied (new law)

Published (5/16/2008)
By Thomas Hammell
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A study will determine if some cabin owners are breaking the law.

Rep. Frank Moe (DFL-Bemidji), who sponsors the law with Sen. Dan Skogen (DFL-Hewitt) said that real estate companies are often renting large blocks of cabins, which may then compete with resort owners who are more heavily regulated.

“Explore Minnesota Tourism wants to look into that,” Moe said.

The law requires Explore Minnesota Tourism to conduct a study of vacation rental lodging in the state and report back to the Legislature the recommendations needed to protect consumers, ensure tax compliance, promote safe rentals and promote tourism in Minnesota. Then Explore Minnesota will work with stakeholders to recommend legislation and promote vacation rental lodging.

The law is effective May 13, 2008, the day after it was signed by the governor.

This study is also in the omnibus jobs and economic development policy law (HF3722*/SF3471/CH300) that was signed May 12 by the governor.


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