The City of South Padre Island has recently passed an Ordinance requiring all property owners who advertise their property for short term rental to register their residential rental unit(s) (house, condo, apartment or bedroom) with the City, AND to comply with all applicable laws including the collection and remittance of hotel occupancy tax. The City registration number must be posted on all advertising and a 24/7 emergency contact number within one hour’s reach of the property must be provided. In addition to the enforcement and collection of hotel occupancy tax, the ordinance is intended to bring credibility to the rental marketplace by deterring fraudulent listings, and to assist our City authorities in enforcing our quality of life ordinances: noise, disturbance and fire code occupancy.
More information and registration forms are available online at <http://myspi.org/hottax>. The final compliance date is July 1st 2015. For questions you may call Customer Service: (956) 761-8382 or Email: HotTax@SoPadre.com<mailto:HotTax@SoPadre.com>
If a property owner has a Rental Property Manager on the island they should be handling the registration process for them. However, property owners should contact their rental agent to be sure.