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Do you rent out an apartment or home in Tuscaloosa during football season? City officials are cracking down

This private room in Tuscaloosa is listed on AirBnB.com for $110/night. There are many other listings just like it, many of them in apartments or private homes. (Photo: AirBnB.com)

This private room in Tuscaloosa is listed on AirBnB.com for $110/night. There are many other listings just like it, many of them in apartments or private homes. (Photo: AirBnB.com)

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) – Tuscaloosa officials are cracking down on temporary rentals, a practice they say proliferates during Alabama football season.

The Tuscaloosa News reports Sunday the city is preparing to send out letters to people found advertising their homes for rent on sites such as AirBnB.com.

The letters tell homeowners that the rentals violate zoning, building, fire and business license regulations and are subject to taxes. They could also violate Alabama rules about homestead exemptions.

City official Ashley Crites told the newspaper Friday that the letters will be mailed out soon. She says they are still researching the web sites to find people advertising their homes for short term rentals.

City attorney Glenda Webb said this week that a report on how other college towns deal with the issue is almost done.