A BAGUIO City councilor is pushing for the regulation of the operation of transient houses in Baguio.
Approved on first reading, the ordinance by Councilor Leandro Yangot Jr. seeks to regulate “safe, healthy, and non-discriminatory” housing arrangements for transient house operators through a regular licensing and inspection program.
Under the proposed ordinance, transient houses must be compliant with the city’s zoning ordinance.
It also provides stipulations for bedroom transient housing and full residential unit accommodations.
Under the ordinance, no more than two bedrooms worth of accommodations may be rented out by single family dwellings for no less than 34 hours and no more than 30 days. For entire houses worth of accommodations, the owner may rent out the residence for a minimum of seven days and a maximum of 30 days.
The property owner must, under the ordinance, obtain a transient lodging license for each property to be designated as a transient lodging facility. The property owner must pay to the city government for their annual license and will be required to submit documents such as the floor plan of the transient house or building.
It also provides standards for the operation of transient lodgings, including proper disposal of waste and a provision for parking to avoid apprehension when using the streets as the city implements the no-road obstruction policy.