City sets to take the operator to court in March
It appears that a City of Richmond fine and warning hasn’t stopped a family “hotel” in west Richmond from opening its doors for business, illegally.
The Richmond News reported last August on a house at 7508 Railway Ave. that had been operating as a family hotel without a license. It later received a $2,000 fine from the city and was ordered to close.
However, the house, now named “Richmond 6 or 1 Bedroom House,” has been back on the travel website Booking.com, since January.
It appears to be very active — it is fully booked from now until Sunday, Feb. 24 and is rated as “one of our best sellers in Richmond” by the website.
“I accidentally found it on Booking.com...I’m here to tell you that it is more active and more professional now,” wrote a concerned resident to the News.
The house is offered as one house with five bedrooms and 10 beds, and accommodates a maximum of 17 guests per night.
The price ranges from $270 to $388 per night depending on the number of guests. Despite the house not being licensed by the city, it charges 25 per cent “taxes and charges” on top of the room rates.
“Why is the city unable to stop them?” asked the resident.