After 4 years of hosting on Airbnb, the local office of the state health department has informed me that I need a hotel license. This is based on the fact that my rental has two bedrooms. Apparently if I had one bedroom, I would be exempt. I also would be subject to all the regulations that hotels are subject to, which are very stringent. Have to comply with them may well put me out of the hosting business. Just one example, if my rental includes a kitchen (which it does), I not only have to clean all the pots, pans, dishes, silverware, etc., I also have to disinfect them, post a sign saying they have been disinfected, and give notice that more disinfecting agents are available upon request. This is only one of a slew of regulations.
I suspect that this is a backdoor attempt by the hotel/motel folks to put pressure on the health department to force hosts like me to drop out. I am an airbnb superhost, and always keep my property clean, so I am pretty sure there have been no health related issues reported about my property. I would like to know if other hosts in Virginia are experiencing similar issues with the Virginia Department of Health.