|Leveling the playing field for accommodations in MD
At a hearing held on February 22, 2017, Senate Bill 463 was brought before the Senate Finance Committee. SB463 was introduced at MHLA’s request and creates a statewide framework intended to bring short-term residential lodging activity (Airbnb, HomeAway, etc) into compliance with state and local regulations.At the hearing, Senator Middleton indicated there will be a work group with stakeholders to address the issue of regulating short-term rentals in Maryland. MHLA representatives will be present at the work group, which is scheduled to meet this Friday, March 10.
Below, please find articles that discuss the current state of the short-term rentals issue in Maryland in regards to SB463.
State eyes legislation for Airbnb, similar sites
Airbnb Faces Scrutiny Over Secret Tax Deals with Cities
To read the full article in Fortune, click here.
MHLA Legislative Reports available online
Baltimore City $15 Minimum Wage Bill
If signed by Mayor Catherine Pugh, minimum wage will increase to $15 by 2022. The phase in period would be extended to 2026 for small businesses. The tip credit is preserved in the bill that is currently moving, so long as tipped employees make at or above the prevailing minimum wage.
Anne Arundel County nuisance bill aimed at hotels vetoed
|MHLA NEWS & EVENTS|
|Member Alert: Janitorial services at hotels ARE taxable
Sales of services in Maryland are not subject to tax unless specifically designated as taxable. Janitorial services are specifically designated as taxable when provided to commercial or industrial buildings and are not taxable when provided to residences. Note that under certain circumstances, non-taxable services may become taxable when performed as part of a sale of tangible personal property.If you are using a third party to provide janitorial services at your hotel, we recommend inquiring into their policy regarding this topic to ensure the tax is being remitted.
January 2017 STR Report
Deadline to Submit MHLA Board Member Applications
Save the Date for MHLA Golf Outing October 4, 2017
|LOCAL INDUSTRY NEWS|
|SpringHill Suites underway at new Greenleigh development in White Marsh
A 120-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott broke ground at the 1,000 acre Greenliegh at Crossroads in White Marsh. The hotel is among the first commercial offerings in the $750 million “modern urban village” being built from scratch in the eastern Baltimore County suburb.For the full Baltimore Business Journal article, click here.
Two DoubleTree by Hilton Annapolis Employees Recognized as Maryland Hotel & Lodging Association Stars of the Industry
To read the full Hospitality Net press release, click here.