City of St. Paul to look at how to handle Airbnb

The St. Paul City Council will hear a resolution Wednesday asking two city departments “to study AirBnB and similar companies and how their operations align with current city ordinances.”

Councilmember Chris Tolbert’s resolution is asking the Department of Safety and Inspections and the Department of Planning and Economic Development to look at the online service, which allows its users to rent out their homes, apartments, condos -- whatever the personal residence -- to other people staying or vacationing in the area. The service has It has over 1,500,000 listings in 34,000 cities and 190 countries.